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Jun 2, 2020

Drawing upon 20 years’ experience consulting on innovation pathways for billion-dollar blue chips, my guest this week provides road-tested insights on the technological and human innovations that will change the shape of business over the next five years.  

As founder and CEO, she is the chief storyteller at GDR Creative Intelligence, a business futurist and strategy consultancy working with an impressive roster of brands - including Microsoft, P&G, The BBC, Tesco, Waitrose and Danone.  

She fuses big picture context with carefully curated case studies from the world's leading technologists, designers, marketeers, architects and thought leaders to illustrate how new technologies and consumer behaviours will impact physical and digital commerce.  

She says that “Innovation almost always starts with cross fertilisation.” “Looking outside of your sector and geography at non-competitors is far more likely to lead to greater disruptive breakthroughs than can be achieved by chasing your competitors.” 

Please welcome my guest today, Business Futurist Kate Ancketill.  


Kate Ancketill is the 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, Coca-Cola, Under Armour,  LVMH, Lego, Tesco and P&G.

In eye-opening, informative and inspirational multi-media presentations, Kate 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 Kate 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.”

Kate works closely with clients when planning her presentation and each is bespoke. Kate’s presentations combine the inspirational with the practical. Her audiences take away concrete action points for future-proofing their business, a broad perspective on priorities for investment and a mind fizzing with cutting-edge, stimulating and challenging concepts and possibilities.

Recorded on: 14th May 2020


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