Speakers List - Investment Marketing and Innovation Conference 2018


Robert Jones

Head of New Thinking

Wolff Olins

Robert is Head of New Thinking, helping Wolff Olins and its clients push the boundaries of radical and practical work. In 25 years, he has advised more than fifty organisations, across financial services (Aviva, Barclays) professional services (PwC, Aecom), culture and education (FutureLearn, National Trust), and the not-for-profit sector (Girl Effect, Oxfam). He also pioneered Wolff Olins' online learning service, equipping organisations to deliver at scale. As one of its most senior practitioners, Robert operates at board level and his super power is to simplify the complex into a big idea. Robert is the author of The Big Idea (2008) and Branding: A Very Short Introduction (2017), as well as of Wolff Olins thought leadership pieces (Game Changers -2012, The New Mainstream -2013, Impossible and Now -2014). He is also a visiting professor at the University of East Anglia, where he teaches the world's first postgraduate course in brand leadership.

Adam Sharp



Adam is an experienced B2B marketer, with over 25 years' expertise gleaned at Fortune 500 companies including IBM, Iron Mountain, Quantum as well as with several VC-backed ventures. In 2009 Adam co-founded CleverTouch, Europe's largest Marketing Automation consultancy, together with Nick Burrell, an IT marketing specialist with over 25 years' experience.
Adam is a frequent speaker on the topic of marketing automation and digital transformation. Along with running CleverTouch he is also a lecturer on Marketing Automation at Manchester Metropolitan University's MA degree course in Digital Marketing.
Adam holds a degree in Applied Psychology and an MBA in Strategic Marketing and is a board member and Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing. He is married with three children, and a committed nomad, having lived in Australia, UK, Switzerland and France.

David Smith

Chief Executive

Global Futures and Foresight

David is a leading strategic futurist who combines the experience gained from a 35 year information technology, marketing and business career with strategic visioning to help organisations better prepare for the future. His career has spanned European and US corporations, is a much sought after keynote speaker and is the author of many works on embracing change and the drivers of change. Having founded and led the Unisys Global Future Forum, at the turn of the millennium, he now leads Global Futures and Foresight, a future research and consulting organisation, which helps organisations be better prepared to embrace change, innovate and develop new visions and strategies in order to avoid the risk of being blindsided by external disruptive change and gain advantage at times of change.

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