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Ben Morris

creative director, industrial light & magic (ilm)

Ben Morris is the Creative Director at Industrial Light & Magic and a founding member of the company’s London studio, which was established in October of 2013.

Morris began his career as a Model Maker and Animatronics Engineer at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, where he designed performance-control systems for various films, including Babe. Sensing a shift in the industry, Morris moved onto computer graphics, putting his vast experience in physical creature work to use as a character rigger and lead CG artist at Millfilm, where he supervised the CG humans for Ridley Scott’s epic Gladiator. Morris later earned an Academy Award® for Best Visual Effects and a BAFTA for Best Special Visual Effects for his work on The Golden Compass and was nominated for a BAFTA for Best Visual Effects for his work on 2011’s War Horse.

 
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Chris Binns

Chief Strategy Officer, MediaCom

Chris is Joint CSO of MediaCom UK, where he has responsibility for making sure their work for clients is brilliant. He has been at MediaCom 15 years working on a variety of accounts and departments and helping grow that business to its market leading position today.

Chris avidly listens to music and reads – he’ll defend the view that The Stone Roses, Doolittle and Technique are the three greatest albums of all time to the hilt; has been obsessed with William Gibson since he was at Uni in the early 1990’s; and coaches and plays hockey at the weekend

 
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Hannah Fry

LECTURER, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON (UCL)

Dr Hannah Fry is a lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL. She works alongside a unique mix of physicists, mathematicians, computer scientists, architects and geographers to study the patterns in human behaviour - particularly in an urban setting. Her research applies to a wide range of social problems and questions, from shopping and transport to urban crime, riots and terrorism.Alongside her academic position, Hannah is an experienced public speaker giving conference keynotes and taking the joy of maths into theatres and schools. Hannah’s mathematical expertise has led to the development of fascinating documentaries including ‘Britain’s Greatest Invention ’, ‘Horizon: How to Find Love Online’, and many others.

As an author, Hannah has written two books: ‘The Indisputable Existence of Santa Claus: The Mathematics of Christmas’ (Transworld, 2016) which followed ‘The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate Equation’ (Simon & Schuster/ Ted, Feb 2015) in which Hannah brings together mathematical equations to provide answers to such questions as: What’s the chance of us finding love? What's the chance that it will last? How does online dating work, exactly?

 
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Jon Mew

Chief Executive Officer, IAB UK

Jon is the recently appointed Chief Executive of the IAB UK, the trade body representing the digital advertising industry. The IAB’s role is to unite the industry with 1,200 members, including media owners, agencies and brands. Jon’s vision stems from the belief that digital is the smartest way for brands to reach and wow their customers. His mission is to re-assert the positives of digital.

He has been at the IAB since 2008, joining as the first Head of Mobile before stepping up to become Director of Mobile and Operations and then the IAB's first Chief Operating Officer. Prior roles include Head of Marketing for Orange portals team, controlling the trade and consumer marketing strategies and media research. Jon has featured as number 10 in The Drum’s Mobile Top 50 and has spoken on numerous high profile platforms. He is fascinated with technology and known in the industry for his witty banter.

 
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Josje Zwinkels

Head of EMEA Hub, amnet

Josje is a programmatic expert. She has a background in statistics & quantitative research methods and experience in programmatic tech obtained from various roles at the DSP Yieldr. In 2016, Josje joined Dentsu Aegis Network to set-up and manage a programmatic Hub for Microsoft. The Programmatic Hub is a team with programmatic specialists that takes care of the programmatic strategy and activation of Microsoft campaigns across all lines of businesses (from Xbox to Azure platform) in all EMEA-markets.

Josje completed a bachelor in communication science, and a (cum laude) research master in statistics and research methods in Amsterdam.

 
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Konrad Feldman

CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, QUANTCAST

Konrad Feldman is the CEO and co-founder of Quantcast, and was one of the early pioneers in applying machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) to advertising. Founded in 2006, Quantcast has built the most comprehensive proprietary data set of real-time audience behaviour across the internet based on live insights from more than 150m online destinations, delivering unique and actionable insights for brands, agencies and publishers worldwide. Quantcast employs more than 850 employees in 21 offices across 10 countries.

 
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Neil Corbould

special effects supervisor

British-born Neil Corbould is the special effects genius behind movies including Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Alien Covenant, Gladiator, and the upcoming Ready Player One. Neil has been awarded two Oscars and four BAFTAs, and has worked with directors including Ridley Scott, Roland Emmerich and Alfonso Cuarón.

 
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Nic Travis

VP, Head of Digital Marketing, MBNA

Nic Travis, Vice President is Head of Digital Marketing at MBNA and has been with the Bank since April 2014. Nic leads the Search Marketing (Paid & Organic), Paid Media (Display, Social, Native & Mobile), Aggregator & Affiliate Marketing, Digital Analytics and Public Website Content teams within the Digital department. Targeted with delivering new channels and growing MBNA’s existing ones, whilst focusing on delivering the required ROI and managing the digital marketing budget.

Brining a wealth of e-commerce knowledge and expertise to the business, Nic is helping to build a centre of excellence for digital marketing & Analytics within the bank.  The digital marketing team have significantly increased spend and applications year on year, as a result of launching new marketing channels and detailed optimisation of existing campaigns.  A Digital native Nic has over 15 years of experience in E-Commerce, including a degree in Electronic Commerce from Staffordshire University, before joining MBNA he worked in Senior Roles for a number of large retailers including Phones 4u, Shop Direct & Claire’s Accessories.  

 
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Peter Day

engineering director, quantcast

After gaining a PhD in machine learning (and a brief career in academia) Peter spent 12 years working in the financial markets in a variety of roles in the quantitative finance sphere, including low latency pricing, portfolio analytics (xVA) and culminating in being responsible for Equity Derivatives Risk and Pricing technology globally for UBS. More recently Peter has left the financial markets to rediscover his roots in Machine Learning and is currently the UK Engineering Director for Quantcast – a leading ad-tech firm that uses Machine Learning to target advertising in real time.

 
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Philip Sandler

SVP - Digital Marketing, Homeserve USA

Phil started the digital practice at HomeServe USA in August of 2012. Since then, he’s turned it into a fully functional ecommerce division and material contributor to HomeServe’s U.S. revenue. Prior to HomeServe, he spent six years leading digital, branding, and sponsorship efforts for Vertrue, Inc., a dot com holding company, in Norwalk, Connecticut. Before going client-side, Phil spent the first half of his career as an “account guy” on Madison Avenue in blue-chip agencies including Grey, Ogilvy, DDB, and Wunderman/Y&R Brands, working with Fortune 100 clients including American Express, AT&T, Citibank, IBM, Microsoft and Pfizer. He holds a B.S. in Applied Economics, Management, and Marketing from Cornell University, and attended NYU’s Direct Marketing Diploma Program.

 
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Riz Ahmed

Actor

Actor, musician and activist Riz Ahmed was awarded the 2017 Lead Actor in a Limited Series EMMY for his performance in HBO's THE NIGHT OF. Film credits include ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY, NIGHTCRAWLER and FOUR LIONS. He is one half of the critically acclaimed rap duo, Swet Shop Boys, and as an activist, garnered viral attention for his essay in “The Good Immigrant" and speech on fair representation at the House of Commons. His global impact landed him the cover of TIME magazine's Most Influential People in 2017.

 

Rory Sutherland

VICE-CHAIRMAN AND EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF ADVERTISING, OGILVY GROUP

Rory is one of the most well-known and sought after marketing experts in the UK, and and is currently Executive Creative Director at OgilvyOne. With a number of TED talks to his name, Rory offers compelling insights into what drives human behaviour and how organisations can effectively tap into our motivations as individuals. Rory also writes a regular column for the Spectator magazine.

 
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Ryan Miles

Media Lead, EMEA, Microsoft

Ryan is Media Lead for Microsoft’s Cloud & Enterprise and Xbox brands. He looks after Microsoft’s media investment, strategy and planning across EMEA, including Microsoft’s Azure business which represents significant multi million dollar media budgets. For over 10 years he has been managing media and digital programs for global companies including Microsoft, Vodafone and News Corp and has worked on a number of award winning campaigns in that time. Originally from Australia he has spent the last two years based in London expanding his global experience.

 
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Sue Hunt

Sales director, Mail online

Sue has extensive experience in the digital advertising industry, beginning on the publisher side with Yahoo!, and AOL, before moving into ad technology at DoubleClick. She made an early transition into programmatic trade running the Yahoo! ad exchange (Right Media) from 2010 to 2013, followed by time at Tremor Video, Rubicon Project, and now as (interim) sales director for the Mail Online programmatic business, where balancing the objectives of brand and performance buyers is a key focus.