Sophie is a digital transformation specialist, passionate about helping organisations and people she interacts with navigate the future of retail. She is co-founder of boutique digital transformation consultancy the eNova Partnership, trusted by many retailers for their digital expertise and pragmatic style. She develops and runs eNova’s Digital Bootcamps, digital training programmes aimed at bridging the digital skillset gap at all seniority levels. She holds an active role in the digital community as a regular media commentator and speaker. Sophie is also an investor and NED of yReceipts, a digital receipts and data software solution for retailers. She spent the first 10 years of her career focusing on the retail sector in her roles with blue chip banking and private equity institutions: Goldman Sachs, Change Capital Partners, and HgCapital.
Associate Director at Spring Studios and Founder and Chairman of 5xthinking
Martin is an Associate Director at Spring Studios and Founder and Chairman of 5xthinking, a consultancy specialising in luxury and online retail. Martin is an experienced eCommerce and online marketing professional, during his time as a consultant he provided strategic and tactical support to Matches Fashion and MyTheresa during their transition from boutiques into online businesses and was a Board Director at Agent Provocateur. At Lane Crawford Martin was the VP of Business Development and led an 18 month project launching them online in China, Hong Kong and internationally. Prior to becoming a consultant, Martin worked as the Head of Marketing for Net-a-Porter. Martin’s specialties include luxury and fashion eCommerce, online marketing and PR, CRM and multichannel retail.
Owner & CEO, Springwise
Springwise is the world's largest idea spotting network. Established in 2002, Springwise scans the globe to discover and share carefully curated, real time, real business, innovation and start up ideas.
James has over 20 years experience in growing retail and tourism brands. Highlights include the turnaround and sale of Selfridges PLC as Marketing Director, the renaissance of London Tourism and laying the foundations for the Olympic legacy as CEO Visit London, the launch of Disneyland, Paris, and heading up the launch of Anthropologie in Europe as Managing Director. Recently James has led the transformation of smaller businesses including Cass Art and Easyart, with particular emphasis on digital growth.
Co-Founder and CEO at NearSt
Nick is co-founder and CEO of NearSt, an ecommerce tech start-up on a mission to get people back into their local shops. The startup’s unique technology is revolutionising the idea of shopping locally, making it faster and easier to buy something from a shop just around the corner than ordering it online.
An ex-Ogilvy Account Director, Nick previously worked across a number of the agency’s high-profile digital clients including Jaguar Land Rover, Nestle, and BP’s London 2012 Olympic Games sponsorship. He is fascinated by behavioural economics and how this connects to the high street and future of m-commerce.
CEO, Lightwave Inc.
Senior Consultant, UNWORK
Owen King is a senior consultant at Unwork, where he helps clients understand the trends that are shaping the way we shop, live and work. He works with companies to develop strategies to future proof their businesses, and conducts leading research projects into all aspects of the future of retail.
Executive Creative Director, EMEA at FITCH
Appointed Executive Creative Director for EMEA in 2014, Alasdair directs the creative output for FITCH’s studios in the region. In that time, Alasdair has led FITCH to win its first Cannes Lions and awards at the LIAs, the World Retail Awards Store Design of the Year. He has chaired the Interiors jury at the Design Week Awards and judged at Cannes Lions, the Brandrepublic Digital Awards and D&AD New Blood.
Alasdair joined FITCH as a junior environmental designer in the late nineties. While working his way up, he evolved a broad spectrum of design skills and a well-worn passport.
He has contributed to FITCH’s research into Gen Z Shopping and regularly speaks at conferences across Europe, including Eurobest, Popai and Euroshop. He has contributed articles and opinion to the BBC, Sky, Marketing Week, Contagious, Design Week, Retail Week.
Sean McKee is an experienced retailer who progressed through a range of retail roles including store, regional and divisional management at Schuh, before getting into Ecommerce in 2010.
A long-time advocate of integrating bricks and clicks in the pursuit of an optimum retail experience, in his current role he has, among other things, delivered on mobile growth and a simple, cross-channel proposition. He is passionate about delivering choice and convenience to an increasingly sophisticated, demanding and tech-enabled customer.
A regular contributor at ecommerce events in the UK and elsewhere, his current interests include CRO, use of content, developments in voice and visual search, AI and the start-up ecosystem.
Marco Maria Pedrazzo
Head of Business Development, Carlo Ratti Associati
Ben switched from a career in advertising to consult leading global brands on how to sculpt powerful brand experiences within physical spaces. Ben passionately believes that brands need to invest into tangible face-to-face experiences with their employees and consumers to succeed. Ben’s latest challenge is to attract leading edge brands to Silvertown, a 7 million sq ft in London’s Royal Docks.
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK
Philip is an author, consultant and commentator specialising in the future of work. He predicts the way that new trends and forces such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn and enjoy leisure. He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work and workplace including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of other books including the Corporate Fool and the Responsible Workplace.
Founder, Ross & Company
Suzy began her career being sponsored through university by Barclays. On graduation she spent 8 years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers as a management consultant in the retail and consumer products division. She then spent 8 years as an entrepreneur / CEO of a number of apparel businesses. She joined Wolff Olins in 2009 as Lead Strategist for the retail and luxury sectors. In 2011 she joined SpaceNK as Marketing and Business Development Director. Suzy is now founder of strategic consultancy Ross and Company, leading customer centric transformation projects, most recently working with Jaeger.
Co-Founder and CEO of Arthesia
Thomas Sevcik is the co-founder of internationally acclaimed frontier strategist arthesia based in Hong Kong, Zurich and Los Angeles. He holds an Architecture degree from Technische Universität Berlin. Thomas is the mastermind behind innovative large and unique real estate projects ranging from corporate theme parks and brand experiences to AirportCities, urban districts and special zones. He also works on repositioning and brand narrative projects for companies, organizations and cities. Thomas lectures at Central Saint Martins College of Arts in London and at Hong Kong University, is a frequent commentator and panelist and sits on several advisory boards.
With 20 years’ experience gained in the Lighting industry, including roles in Business Development, Product Management and Product Design, Darren is a passionate ambassador for Innovative LED solutions. More recently, Darren has been actively involved in designing and delivering custom solutions for high profile Retail projects, and the integration of new technologies into the market.
Justin is Head of EMEA Retail at property firm Cushman & Wakefield, leading an award-winning team of 300 people spanning over 15 countries. He provides ongoing consultancy and agency support to retailers and landlords alike, across many of the most exciting projects in Europe.
His council reaches even further in the industry, as an active member on the Revo Advisory Board, ICSC European Advisory Board, ICSC Leasing Group and the MAPIC Jury.
Justin’s driving force at all times is “the future of retail” and how this affects the Retail Property industry, using his expertise to help build future-proof developments and encouraging clients to stretch, grow and evolve in line with the social, economic and technological changes we are currently witnessing.