Founder & CEO of GDR Creative Intelligence; Innovation Expert

Kate Ancketill

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$25K - $40K

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Kate Ancketill is the brains and driving force behind GDR Creative Intelligence, a globally-recognized consultancy focused on innovation and emerging trends in retail, leisure, and hospitality around the world.

Kate Ancketill is the brains and driving force behind GDR Creative Intelligence, a globally-recognised consultancy focused on innovation and emerging trends in retail, leisure, and hospitality around the world. She has worked with an impressive roster of major global brands, including Microsoft, P&G, InterContinental Hotels, Hilton, LVMH, McDonald’s, Capital One, Macy’s, Chanel, Estee Lauder, and Sephora. World-renowned, dynamic, and commercially successful, Ancketill won the Jennifer d’Abo Memorial Scholarship for female entrepreneurs in 2007 and was selected as one of the UK’s “Top 100 in the Courvoisier Future 500” in 2009.

In eye-opening, informative, and inspirational multi-media presentations, Ancketill shares insights on the technological, human, and spatial innovations that will change the face of retail and hospitality over the next two to five years. She uses carefully selected case studies to illustrate how new technologies and consumer behaviours will impact physical and digital commerce globally; case studies discovered by GDR’s expert research team, or drawn from her global network—honed over 22 years—of leading engineers, programmers, designers, architects, marketers, scientists, academics, and other specialist practitioners.

“Meaningful innovation often starts with inspiration from unexpected places,”says Ancketill. “I love to show how taking a concept from one sector, tweaking it and applying it to another can lead to world-beating bottom line success.”

Ancketill specialises in making complex and fast-moving tech simple for the non-IT audience. Her audiences take away concrete action points for future-proofing their business and a broad perspective on priorities for investment, as well as a mind fizzing with new, stimulating, and challenging concepts and possibilities.

GDR Creative Intelligence. Founded in 1992, GDR Creative Intelligence is an independent and globally-recognized consultancy that provides the world’s leading consumer brands with brand marketing and retail futures insight. The team researches, analyses and showcases key innovation trends to help clients stay ahead. GDR is retained by clients for its personalized digital innovation platform, interactive presentations and workshops, custom research projects, and real-world learning experiences where they can see innovation working in the field. The company also assists in creative matchmaking, thanks to its relationships with a diverse network of the best agencies worldwide.

  • 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.
Thank you SO much for today Kate - I have received so many RAVE reviews and much positive feedback! Also, your content was repeatedly referenced in the afternoon's exercise on future ideas- so you really made an impact! Thanks again.


It was a fantastic event and the feedback received was incredible. She has been our best speaker to date in terms of interest and questions.


Kate did a wonderful job as she always does for us! She works really well with us in advance of the presentation and gives us plenty of options and food for thought on what she can present for us. Thanks for doing a fantastic job. Again.


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