Kate Ancketill

CEO & Founder of GDR Creative Intelligence

Kate Ancketill is a futurist with a tech, consumer, retail and brand specialisation, making complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience. As CEO and founder of GDR Creative Intelligence, Kate is the innovation partner to around 30 of the world's largest consumer brands.

"One of the world's top trend forecasters for retailers, retail and product brands"

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  • Trends Fit for the Future
  • Sustainable Brands
  • How AI is Changing the World
  • How and Why Millennials and Gen Z Are Changing the Nature of Work, Leisure and Commerce
  • 21st Century Brands
  • How Innovation in Customer Experience is the Heart of Future Growth
  • Old Retail is Dead, Long Live Chinese New Retail


She presents in English.

How she presents

Every presentation Kate gives contains research and analysis that has been stress-tested for relevance and impact with multi-national corporations, often at board level.

In Detail

At GDR, Kate fuses big picture context with carefully curated case studies from the world's leading designers, marketeers, technologists, architects and thought leaders to illustrate how new technologies and consumer behaviours will impact physical and digital commerce. GDR is retained by clients for its personalised digital innovation platform, custom research projects, and real-world learning experiences where they can see innovation working in the field. Kate has won the Jennifer d'Abo Memorial Scholarship for female entrepreneurs in 2007 and was named as one of the UK's top 100 in the Courvoisier Future 500 in 2009.


Kate delivers compelling big picture narratives explaining how retail, brands and experiences are changing as a result of economic and social shifts, the technology revolution and the imperative move towards sustainability. She advises on the future of customer experience, how marketing is evolving, and how the best of the best is using tech to adapt to new customer behaviours and expectations.



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