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Abdelaziz has been into the eCommerce space for 15 years now. He was working at Amazon as regional head of digital Marketing. Before Amazon he was heading central performance marketing team at Souq (acquired by Amazon). He was responsible for planning and budgeting marketing spend for MENA regions in Souq.com. Marketing, Ecommerce and Customer Experience professional with a proven track record of successfully improving digital performance for major brands within a variety of sectors in MENA region, including Dubizzle (OLX group), Souq (Amazon Middle East), Najm, H&M, Mother care, Victoria Secrets, Bath and Body Works and Emaar. Extensive experience of managing ecommerce websites (inc. +$1B turnover), leading large digital teams and driving cost effective marketing programmes.
Arnoldo has been working in retail with IKEA Global for 7 years. Prior to IKEA, he has worked in a variety of industries such as hospitality, online gaming, and IT Security. Since the beginning of 2000, he’s focused on digital marketing with a high focus on Multilingual Optimisation.
Dr Brendan Keegan | Assistant Professor in Marketing | Maynooth University
Brendan Keegan is an Assistant Professor in marketing at Maynooth University. Interested in digital placemaking, digital and social media analytics and agency-client relation- ships, his research is published in various journals including European Journal of Marketing, European Management Review, and Management Decision. Brendan is also part of the GOGREENROUTES Horizon 2020 project investigating the role of digital placemaking and its relationship with the psychology of wellbeing through interconnected green corridors in public spaces.
Catriona Murray | Senior Agency Manager | X
Cat Murray is an experienced Senior Agency Manager at X with a demonstrated history of working with the world's leading brands such as Google, PepsiCo, McDonalds & EE. Over her 9 years at X (Twitter) she has helped her clients create top performing and award winning work on the platform. She also now leads the UK Account Management team bringing a wealth of social media knowledge and expertise as her role as a judge.
Dee Goldstraw | SENIOR LECTURER | MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
A senior lecturer in marketing and digital communications at Manchester Metropolitan University, Dee specialist area is content marketing, where she teaches across a number of content strategy units. Reading for her PhD has taken her research into the area of exploring online influencers, in particular on Instagram, and their impact on women. A PR professional for more than 15 years, Dee has worked in a mixture of PR, digital marketing and events agencies across the north of the UK as well as working freelance.
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Jaime Hill | Ecommerce Director | ex Oak Furnitureland, Hurtigruten & Monsoon Accessorize
Jaime has over two decades of experience as a Marketing & Ecommerce professional with a successful track record leading teams and developing strategy to transform organisations’ digital capability and channels to market. She has had success in roles at brands including Avis, Barclays, Dairy Crest and Oak Furnitureland, and across a wide range of B2B and B2C vertical markets. Most recently, Jaime was Interim Head of Ecommerce & Trading at Monsoon. A graduate of the Institute of Digital Marketing and qualified Executive Business Coach, Jaime's professional passion is for making life easier for the customer at every touch point.
John Jones | Corporate Partner | Beever And Struthers
John leads Beever and Struthers' Corporate Team, having been made a Partner in 1999. Beever and Struthers is an award-winning firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisors in Manchester, Blackburn and London, and currently rank in the Top 50 firms nationally and Top 10 firms in the North West. John is Vice President of the Manchester Business Group of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce. He was Chairman of Pro-Manchester from 2014 - 2015.
Krzysztof Marzec | CEO & Technical SEO, Google Ads & Analytics Trainer | DevaGroup
Head of 300+ clients agency with 16+ years of SEM experience. One of the top Google Ads & Analytics Trainers in Poland. Selected by Google for Google Partners Academy project and Big6 project. Certified in both Google Ads and Google Analytics as an individual professional. 7+ years of experience in one of Poland's largest sites - Interia.pl (Head of SEO). Lecturer at Jagiellonian University, AGH University of Science and Technology, and the Tischner European University. Speaker at dozens of conferences recently won 1st place at SEO and 1st place at SEM days at largest polish conference I love marketing. Founder and organizer of semKRK, BarCamp gathering up to 500 participants of the SEM industry.
Lucie Kerley | Digital Strategist & Influencer Marketing Consultant |
Experienced social-first Creative working in B2B Influencer Marketing, Executive Thought Leadership and Employee Advocacy. Passionate about promoting diversity and equality through storytelling and tech and digital inclusion initiatives. After graduating in 2008 from Birmingham City University, with a degree in Visual Communication (Photography), Lucie specialised in delivering non-profit community outreach programmes. First as part of a small team on the Heritage Lottery Fund funded Full Circle Project, at the Media Archive for Central England, and more recently for the Big Lottery Fund funded programme Grow Wild, at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Lucie’s career in social media started organically when she began writing her lifestyle blog 'Lucie Loves' [lucieloves.co.uk] back in 2009. After being approached by the award-winning creative agency, Rees Bradley Hepburn via Twitter, Lucie became resident blogger for the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester, which eventually led to her moving to London and taking her blog with her.
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LUKASZ ZELEZNY | SEO Consultant |
Lukasz Zelezny, UK Search Awards judge, Top10 UK Social Media influencer and former director of organic performance at uSwitch / Zoopla. Currently is working as an independent SEO Consultant helping in organic traffic acquisition, technical SEO and content marketing. Lukasz started his career in 2005 and has since been responsible for the organic performance of a number of companies including HomeAway, Thomson Reuters, The Digital Property Group, Fleetway Travel, uSwitch, Zoopla. Each year Lukasz is speaking at many SEO and social media conferences. He was a speaker at ClickZ Shanghai China, ClickZ Jakarta Indonesia, SiMGA Malta, SES London as well as Marketing Festival in Brno, Brighton SEO in Brighton and UnGagged in London. Every year he is actively participating in 10 to 20 events as an SEO/Social Media keynote speaker. Additionally, he organizes workshops and meetups where he is sharing tips around SEO, Social Media and Analytics. To get in touch with Lukasz simply search “Lukasz Zelezny” or visit https://Zelezny.uk
Martin SFP Bryant | Media and Tech Consultant |
Martin Bryant is a consultant, speaker, writer, and educator in the fields of technology and media. He works to help technology companies craft a narrative around their products and business. He was previously Editor-in-Chief of international technology publication The Next Web, and Community Editor at Tech North, where he shone a light on the stories of startups and entrepreneurs in the North of England.
Plamen Popov | Acronis | Acronis
Plamen Popov is an experienced digital marketer & SEO Expert with history of working for internationally renowned brands. He currently is working as Head of SEO in Acronis, world leader in cyber protection & data security company. Plamen joined last year from the marketing team of Management Financial Group, where he lead global marketing strategies for various fin-tech brands inside the holding. Plamen has a genuine interest in marketing and technology and that drives his experience through out consulting start up companies and leading teams in enterprise brands exploring various aspects of marketing activities including PPC, Social Media, Display, Programmatic, App Marketing and SEO. His passion for Search Marketing & SEO always drives him to learn and explore new possibilities of creating better user experiences and results.
Purna Virji is a globally recognized content strategist and Senior Content Solutions Consultant at LinkedIn. She has been crowned the Search Personality of the Year by the US Search Awards, was named by Adweek on their Young Influentials List, and was named by PPC Hero as the #1 Most Influential Expert in the world. She is a columnist and top-rated international keynote speaker who regularly speaks at conferences such as AdWeek, DMEXCO, The Next Web Conference and INBOUND. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Purna led global learning and thought leadership programs for Microsoft. An award-winning former journalist, Purna is an avid traveler, aspiring top chef, and amateur knitter in her spare time.
Rachael Courtney | Head of Social & Content | Virgin Media O2
Rachael has worked in PR & Events for over 17 years, with 15 years running Social Media for big brands. Previous roles have included heading up social at Cineworld and Three, where she was responsible for a number of award-winning social campaigns. Rachael now leads the social strategy and team at Virgin Media.
Ric Rodriguez | Co-founder and Chief Growth Advisor | Finsu
Ric Rodriguez is an accomplished marketing and growth leader. Ric is Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer at Finsu, the sustainable fashion marketplace, taking the compromise out of conscious shopping. Ric is driven and his career to date speaks to his ambition - most recently holding a senior strategy role at Vashi, the fine jewellery disruptor - where he built the digital marketing team from the ground-up, launched the Covent Garden flagship store and Innovation Centre and established an accredited approach to ESG. Prior to this, Ric held an evangelist role at the marketing technology company, Yext, where he supported sales and product teams in building new propositions for customers, including delivering an new approach for qualifying deals during the beginning of the Covid-19, which was adopted across EMEA - as well as regularly representing the NYSE-listed firm as an industry expert at events across Europe. Ric has also held significant roles in agency-side positions, at iProspect, where he lead accounts for leading brands such as Santander and Post Office; at Croud, where he was seconded into IWG’s marketing organisation to deliver the company’s digital growth across 110+ markets - work for which he won an industry award. Ric is often invited to speak at industry conferences and is a regular award judge. He has twice been a co-author for the Amazon-Bestselling “Mastering In-House SEO”.
Sarah Cook | Head of Content |
Sarah has worked in communications for over 15 years: both in-house and for agencies. Most recently, she's been responsible for brand campaigns and content in the Group brand team at Legal & General. Before this, she worked at an international law firm, leading their social media strategy and started her career as a communications consultant, working at PR agencies in London.
Sean Philip | Director of Conversion Journey Optimisation | Legal & General
With a 15 year career in marketing spent predominantly in D2C, Sean's worked agency-side with brands in automotive (Ford, Toyota), FMCG (P&G, Unilever), energy (EDF), consumer electronics (LG) and retail (LEGO, Uniqlo), creating award-winning acquisition strategies with content at their core. He's toured the world with pharma giant, Pfizer, delivering a digital marketing training programme to their global marketing team, before moving into financial services with Legal & General to run D2C marketing for their Retail Retirement division, building an award-winning search and content function within a broader Performance Marketing unit. He now leads a 15-strong team of product owners, website experience experts, CRO and CRM specialists identifying new and innovative opportunities to level up L&G's Retail acquisition efforts by thinking differently about omnichannel sales journeys.
Shashank Katare | Senior Engagement Manager, Digital Strategy Group | Adobe
Shashank Katare is a Senior Engagement Manager and a leader in the Digital Strategy Group (DSG) at Adobe. Shashank is a seasoned technology and strategy leader with 13+ years of highly diversified experience across a mix of business industries including Retail, Travel & Hospitality, and Consumer Goods. He works with senior client executives, leading digital transformation & customer experience initiatives for Adobe's enterprise retail clients and provides data-driven strategic thinking to C-level executives to define vision for business transformation, personalization at scale and business value. Shashank leads opportunity identification and data driven analyses, and drives cross-functional collaboration, alignment and execution across the organization. He is an experienced people leader and is passionate about building high performing teams and building a strong organizational culture. He holds an MBA from NYU Stern and HEC Paris and a B.E (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from BITS Pilani, India.
Sophie Greig | Head of Brand | Just Giving
Steve Kuncewicz | Head Of Creative, Digital & Marketing | Glaisyers Etl
Steve is a Partner and Head of Creative, Digital and Marketing at Glaisyers ETL in Manchester. He specialises in intellectual property, media social media and privacy law and is listed as a "recommended lawyer" in the Legal 500, and was a oo-founder pf the Bulletproof Agency Network. He is a regular media spokesperson, and has given interviews to the local and national press through BBC Breakfast, Sky News, ITV, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live and LBC London. Steve is also the Manchester Publicity Association’s Honorary Solicitor.
Trond Lyngbø | Senior SEO Consultant & Founder | Search Planet AS
Trond Lyngbø is the founder of Search Planet and a senior SEO Consultant. He has over two decades of experience in SEO, e-commerce, content strategy and digital analysis. His clients include multinational Fortune 500 corporations and major Norwegian companies. Trond has helped grow businesses through more effective search marketing and SEO strategies. He is most passionate about working with e-commerce companies and web shops to develop and expand their omni-channel marketing initiatives.
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