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Kate Ancketill


Future Insights & Innovation Speaker

Global thought-leader in business futurism (3 – 5 years near-term). Renowned for making complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience.

Kate is the CEO and founder of trends, foresight and strategy consultancy GDR.

For 25 years she has been the innovation partner to over 30 of the world’s largest brands, P&G, Tesco, Target, Sephora, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Moet Hennessy, Costa Coffee, The BBC, Clorox and Lego. She uses GDR’s professional research and strategy expertise to distil immensely complex global subjects into visually spectacular, crystal-clear narratives with actional take-outs. From climactic and economic headwinds to demographics and the advance of exponential technologies, she contextualises big shifts in consumer trends and demonstrates successful commercial adaptation, inspiring audiences with her optimism and giving them practical strategies for short and medium-term success.

Kate has been selected to speak for ten years running at the world’s largest retail tech show, the NRF (National Retail Federation)’s Big Show.

“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 10 years running”.Martin Reardon, CMO and EVP of Content and Retail Strategy, NRF (former CMO, Macys)


Kate Ancketill covers such subjects as –

New Technologies – Consumer Trends – Retail – Hospitality – Futurism – Disruption – Customer Experience – Consumer Psychology- Marketing & Brands – Startups – Internet Trends – Mobile – Artificial Intelligence- Digital Media


  1. Consumer-facing GenAI – how is AI changing the relationship between consumers and brands? What do we need to do to adapt and thrive – personally, professionally, and commercially?
  2. The future of retail – both physical and digital (and everything in between), and how does customer experience in the best retail impact every other industry?
  3. Consumer trends – how will upcoming generations live, work, travel, consume and spend their leisure time? What do businesses need to do to adapt to their changing needs?



Customer Engagement
Women in Business


We have worked with Matthew for many years and will continue to do so. His knowledge of the Speaker Market and ability to interpret our clients requirements is quite exceptional.

He is incredibly thorough in his approach and always goes that extra mile to ensure everything is exactly as required.

I am always happy working with Matthew, he has great credibility, he is very diverse in his ability to make things happen.

Matthew Fisher and I have worked together for many number of years. I have always found Matt to be honest, good natured and willing to work hard always carefully selecting the best appearances to suit my personality and lifestyle. The work Matthew has delivered for me over the years has varied from schools, colleges, attending film premiers, guest speaking  to name a few all of which I have lots of memories and thoroughly enjoyed.