Founder & CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence; Innovation Expert

Kate Ancketill
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Kate Ancketill At A Glance:

Kate is a leading authority in global retail and business futurism. With retail, consumer, brand, hospitality, and technology specialization, making complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience.

As the CEO and founder of GDR, Kate has more than 25 years experience in business futurism and trends. She is the innovation partner to around 30 of the world’s largest consumer brands, supplying market leading consultancy and professional speaking to P&G, Tesco, Waitrose, Target, Sephora, Microsoft, Google, and Lego. Kate delivers compelling big-picture narratives on how macro forces are affecting the economy, the planet, culture and technology. Her team of researchers and strategists identify global trends and innovation case studies that represent successful business adaptation, from which others can learn. 

Kate is a full time professional conference speaker, available for TV, radio, podcasts, panels, board advisory, client presentations, and print.

  • Trends 2017: Retail Opportunity For The Fast Changing World & The Human Mind

    The world of retail dramatically changed a couple of years ago, and nothing will ever be the same again. The fourth industrial revolution hit. This presentation connects the dots to give the full picture of what’s happening: from macroeconomics to social and political disruption. There are tough issues to be faced, and there are major opportunities for disruptors. This presentation outlines the nine technologies retailers must employ if they’re to meet customer expectations and thrive in this new tech revolution.
  • Global Innovation Report

    In an eye-opening, forward-thinking keynote presentation, Kate Ancketill shares insights on the innovations that will change the face of business in the near future. Through a network honed over 21 years that features the world’s best creatives—including engineers, designers, marketing experts, artists, business executives, scientists, researchers, and more—Ancketill has her finger on the pulse of technology, innovation, and business trends, and she helps audiences see what is coming down the pipeline and where they should focus their efforts in order to not only keep up with the changes but stay ahead of the curve. With the belief that dreaming leads to innovation and science fiction has a way of becoming fact, Ancketill discusses how innovation builds on itself and simply taking a discarded idea and tweaking it can turn it into a world-leading idea. She also addresses how consumer, brand, and retailer relationships are evolving and how this knowledge and understanding can deliver competitive advantage. Businesses of all varieties are moving toward hyper personalisation, offering adaptive environments that change with your mood, shopping lists that write themselves, and responsive stores that change with the weather. Consumers’ expectations are accelerating, and Kate Ancketill gives businesses the insight they need to keep up.

Kate gets among the highest feedback for speakers at the NRF Big Show every year - that’s why we’ve invited her to give the trends keynote for nine years running.

— Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP of Content and Retail Strategy at NRF

I must say, once again, an outstanding speech at NRF! Congrats! Your idea of the “end of the abundance” is the best synthesis of everything we saw and heard at NRF. Everyone in Brazil is spreading your words about it!

— Caio Camargo Co-founder, VarejoCast

A lot of highly relevant insights and examples. And you are professional in how you present it. We just received feedback that this had the best engagement at Elkjøp so far

— Hans – Petter Dovre, Format Director, Elkjop Nordic AS (Currys Plc)

I think it’s fair to say that your delivery at the KBSA conference was breathtaking. You could have heard a pin drop at any stage! So thank you; you reignited my imagination and confirmed my desire for change and excitement for the future! I look forward to learning more through your posts and hope our paths cross again at some point!

— Ian Sandford, Chairman, Four Seasons Kitchens

A Meeting of Minds conference: How is AI changing the world? Feedback: Fascinating and scary 9.25/10 (highest of all speakers)

— James Goad, Managing Director, Owen James Events

One word kept coming up and up again when attendees were commenting on your session – ‘wow’.

— Claire Knott, Conference Director, The Retail Bulletin Conference 2022

Several of our delegates told us that you were the best keynote they have ever seen in their career. Great work and thank you for being part of our conference.

— Liz Smith, Senior Director, Verifone

Four tech innovations pushing retail boundaries

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The consumer is your boss: all 7.5 billion of them

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