Previous Judges


The European Agency Awards have been judged by industry leaders and experts.
Current Judges

Previous Judges include:

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Lukas Adamec | Performance Marketing Manager | DACH at Zendesk

Lukas Adamec has been working within Paid Digital for 11+ years, during which he transitioned from an employee to a freelancer & CEO of Abadam Marketing. In the last 5 years Lukas has focused on Consultancy - working with established agencies to deliver client growth. His focus is particularly on international paid opportunities, from Google to Yandex, from Naver to Baidu, from Yahoo JP to Seznam. Lukas is a firm believer in knowledge sharing and enjoys discussing experiences with established online marketers as well as providing training to new colleagues. During his time off, Lukas recharges his energy by being disconnected from online influences and instead spends his time on wildlife photography.

Azeem Ahmad | Digital Marketing Manager | Staffordshire University

Azeem is currently the Digital Marketing Manager at Staffordshire University. He has spent several years working in the industry, beginning in a paid search focused role before moving into a multi channel specialism. He is experienced in various aspects of online marketing activity, including PPC, Social Media, Display, Programmatic, App Marketing and SEO. He has previously spoken at conferences in the UK including MeasureFest, and BrightonSEO, and also on podcasts and webinars too.

AbdulRahman Alhadithi | General Manager - New Business & Precision | THG Ingenuity

Having worked in marketing and eCommerce for the last 13 years, Abdu's journey at an agency began as a SEO Executive at Search Laboratory. Following that, he worked on brands of all shapes & sizes, including Philips Sonicare, Lorac, Richmond, Cheestrings and Physicians Formula, driving sales & revenue growth across DTC as well as Amazon, PurePlayers and Bricks & Clicks. Most recently, Abdu was involved with a Digital & Marketing Transformation project at Heathrow Airport and now works as Head of Client Marketing at THG Ingenuity, helping brands drive global DTC growth.

Olga Andrienko | VP of Brand Marketing | SEMrush

Together with her team she has built one of the strongest international communities in the online marketing industry. Olga has expanded SEMrush brand visibility worldwide, bringing >90% YoY average revenue growth from top 10 new markets and growing SEMrush presence in the main markets such as USA, Europe and Australia. Olga is a sought-after speaker at leading marketing conferences such as SMX, Pubcon and BrightonSEO.

Robert Aston | Optimisation Manager | The Co-operative bank

Robert is an experienced digital communications expert with a real passion for digital content, CRO and customer journey optimisation. With experience in the telecommunications and the banking sectors Rob has made a huge impact within The Co-operative bank in the 3 years he has been there. The Co-operative Bank is proud to be the only UK high street bank with a customer-led ethical policy and a purpose to make a positive difference to the lives of their customers and communities.

Sam Barnes | Senior Director, International Marketing and Communications | AXON

With over 25 years’ experience, Sam advises pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical technology companies on a range of Global, European and UK programmes across the marketing and communications spectrum. His work includes product communications, corporate communications and issues management, medical communications, digital projects, strategy development and planning. Sam’s current role involves working across both AXON and the agency’s broader network, AVENIR GLOBAL, to build tailored teams and solutions that meet the fast-changing and evolving needs of healthcare clients.

Carlotta Bonafini | Product Manager | Edreams Odigeo

Carlotta is the global SEO product manager at Edreams Odigeo, where she is overseeing all the landing pages and the organic customers acquisition. She started her professional career in the marketing field working for Expedia in the search department. She directed various regional projects before moving into a global position in Vodafone, where her initiatives created outstanding results whilst pioneering new processes. She supervised both creative campaigns and technical projects, and launched many impactful ideas. Carlotta graduated from London Metropolitan University and Milan Catholic University. Passionate about high-tech, she is working on improving her coding skills and is always eager to expand her technical knowledge.

Michael Bonfils | Global Managing Director | SEM International

Michael Bonfils is the Founder and CEO of SEM International. Which is an award winning global digital marketing management firm with 32 worldwide offices specializing in multilingual PPC, SEO, Social Media, Global eCommerce, Content and Localization. His company’s services are tailored to assist global advertising agencies and multinational corporations with their digital marketing strategies around the world. He has been in the industry since 1997, has been a frequent speaker at global conferences, is a recognized industry award judge and past/present board member for a number of digital marketing organizations.

Rafael Brandão | Head of Experience Design and User Studies | Telecine

Experience Design Manager passionate about Arts and Technology. For more than 15 years I’ve been working in several Advertising Agencies and Design Offices as an Interactive Art Director and UI/UX Strategist. Today, I’m the Head of Experience Design and User Studies at Telecine, a joint venture between Grupo Globo and the major Hollywood Studios. In 2012 I also concluded my Master’s degree in Design at ESDI/UERJ (Brazil) and IADE Creative University (Portugal). Alongside my current role at Telecine I’m an UX Design professor at Miami Ad School Brasil, the best creative school worldwide (Cannes 2019), a Mentor at Designed.org and AbeLLha and Vice President of the UX Committee of IAB – Interactive Advertising Bureau.

Shaad Cajee | European Marketing Manager | AliveCor Inc.

Shaad is an agile and entrepreneurial professional with marketing and sales experience across the pharmaceutical and med tech sectors. Beginning his career as an English language teacher, he later connected with his passion for healthcare marketing. Fascinated by the international landscape of communication and connectivity, Shaad is a strong advocate of health technology, solutions and diverse approaches that can change the world. Outside of work, Shaad enjoys spending time with his wife and son exploring different parts of Italy, practising yoga on the beach, and learning to cook Italian dishes with the best chef, his mother-in-law!

Marc Calvo | Performance Marketing Manager | Avis Budget Group EMEA

I have +8 years experience in Digital Marketing, focused on Paid Acquisition, working for both agency and client side in different industries such as travel, retail, gambling, non-profit, education and legal services.I am currently a Performance Marketing Manager at Avis Budget Group EMEA, where I am proud to have built an led a strong international team for the last 3 years.

David Chadderton | Head of Digital Marketing | Home for Students Ltd

Following a highly successful first career as an RAF Air Combat Instructor flying Tornado fighters around the world, Dave forged a second career in digital consultancy, working freelance and later for digital and lead generation agencies before finding his home 'in-house'. His data-driven approach to ROI-based digital marketing has helped Homes for Students become one of the biggest student accommodation companies in the UK, growing by over 98% in the last 2 years and generating over £200M revenue pa. His fully integrated approach to all digital channels has been applauded by industry leaders such as SEMRush and Ahrefs, and he's constantly pushing the 'norm', preferring to lead in the sector rather than follow. Away from work, Dave enjoys beach walks on the Wirral with his partner and two Jack Russells, Bella and Bobby (aka @sideeyebob). He does other stuff too, but the beach walks are the best.

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Sarah Cook | Group Head of Social Media and Content Strategy | Legal & General

Sarah has worked in communications for over 15 years: both in-house and for agencies. She is currently 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 she started her career as a communications consultant, working at PR agencies in London.

Whitney Cubbison | Communications Director for Western Europe | Microsoft

Whitney Cubbison is an American communications professional living in Paris. She was born and raised in Texas and then moved to California to pursue a French degree at UCLA, starting a decade-long stay in California. She began her career as a technology consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in San Francisco (because they had an office in France… which seemed like a good enough reason at the time). She quickly realized she liked technology but wanted to spend her time talking about it, rather than building it, so she transitioned into public relations. She worked for Applied Communications and Bite Communications in San Francisco, both high tech PR agencies, at the height of the technology boom and during the lean years following the technology bust. She represented clients including HP, Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Oracle and many more in enterprise technology. Whitney moved to Seattle, Washington in 2005 and began working in PR for Microsoft’s Online Services Division. In 2009, she led the global PR launch of Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, and a few months later, she fulfilled her dream to get to France by taking the job as Executive Communications Director for Microsoft International. She has since held numerous roles in communications for Microsoft in Europe, the Middle East and Africa and currently serves as Microsoft’s Communications Director for Western Europe, covering internal and external communications across 14 countries.

Arianne Donoghue | Founder | tempest marketing

A veteran of 14 years’ experience in the industry, Arianne has worked for some of the UK best-known agencies and most-loved brands. She's passionate about helping teams and businesses do the best work they can, through driving strategy, integration and inclusion. Arianne now runs her own small consultancy where she helps agencies and brands maximise their potential.

Ellie England | Commercial Director | Microsoft

As a Commercial Director for Microsoft Advertising, for the past 7 years. Ellie has been spearheading the continued investment in the North of the UK and beyond, leading a growing team of talented media sales consultants and juggling life as a proud mother of two children, 5 and 3.

Amine Faitas | Head of SEO | Westwing

Amine is the Head of SEO at Westwing, the leader in inspiration-based eCommerce in Home & Living across 11 countries. He is a digital marketing leader and a die-hard SEO expert, with a strong track record of driving organic growth for a wide range of well-established brands in highly competitive segments. Specialized in large and medium-sized websites, typically with over 10 million+ indexable pages, he has experience in both in-house and agency-side. Fascinated by user experience and driven by his straightforward user-centric and data-driven mindset, he is always eager to expand his knowledge, mentor others, and help brands succeed in today's digital sphere.

Pierre Far | Digital Production Management Consultant & Founder | Deliberate Digital Limited

Pierre is a digital product management consultant, with a specialty in SEO. Prior to founding Deliberate Digital and Blockmetry, Pierre held several roles at Google and the technology sector in the UK, including product management, community management, innovation consulting, and online marketing. He’s a regular speaker, author, and advisor about technology topics, and has a Ph.D. in microbial genetics from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Morgan Fitzsimons | Chief Marketing Officer | London Sock Company

Global DTC brand and digital marketer. Has worked agency and brand side in the UK and the USA. Passionate about driving commercial growth through consumer insights . Previously Global Head of Marketing, ASOS, and Digital Marketing Director, CBS Television (New York).

Neil Foster | Vice President – Creative Consultancy EMEA APAC | Guinness World Records (GWR)

Neil has spent the last 25 years working in PR and Advertising agencies in London, Sydney and Melbourne. He joined Guinness World Records (GWR) in 2019 to help drive the creative services and records marketing consultancy forward. GWR now provides record breaking solutions for brands and agencies running communications campaigns and employee engagement and development programmes through world-class record-breaking attempts and events. Prior to joining Guinness World Records, Neil led the Brand Marketing team at Burson Marsteller London. This followed a five-year stint as Managing Director of a group of PR brands housed within an independent integrated marketing agency and launching the Earned Agency. He helped to develop the Bell Pottinger Group’s digital offering working across group companies to deliver integrated and digital solutions to group companies in consumer, finance, crisis and issues, public affairs and sports marketing. This was preceded by a four-year spell in Australia working for global advertising giant DDB’s integrated PR and experiential agency Mango Communications as their Creative Director and latterly, General Manager of the Melbourne office. Neil started his career at legendary consumertech agency Bite Communications in London in the early years of the dotcom boom.

Richard Greenhouse | Manager of the Social Media Team | Tesco Mobile

Richard is the Manager of the Social Media Team at Tesco Mobile, handling a team of just 5 people for a customer base of over 5 million. Starting as a Customer Service Adviser within the call centre just 5 years ago, Richard has progressed through various roles within the business to where he is today. Throughout his time as part of the social media team, he has helped to deliver multiple success stories including the “Best Customer Service in Social Media” at the European Contact Centre and Customer Service Awards, to achieving a number 1 UK trend on Twitter with our #S6EdgeOfSpace campaign. In recent years, Richard has worked to expand Tesco Mobile’s digital customer service offering by expanding online contact channels from 3 to 7, with the introduction of customer service through multiple review sites, as well as conventional social media accounts. Utilising the existing knowledge and experience of his team, and empowering them to help drive strategy, they have created a platform that allows customers to connect with Tesco Mobile in a personal and impactful way.

Richard Gregory | Founder | Agency NXD

Richard is co-founder of AgencyNXD as well as an advisor and NXD to multiple tech firms and agencies, including Adzooma, Fluid Digitial and Ruler Analytics. Heralding from “Silicon Ramsbottom” he is an ardent supporter of the digital and tech industry in the North of England. Previously, Richard was the managing director of digital agency Latitude, director of Tech North and co-founder of SAScon.

Adam Guerguis | Head of Operations | Airbnb

Based in Montreal, Adam has more than 10 years in search marketing and growth hacking experience. His latest job was Head of Operations for airbnb organic growth. He also has been working with very exciting brands in several industries, languages, and sizes like Yahoo!, MSN, Groupon, UNHCR, Skrill, Paysafe card, and others. Adam is also a digital marketing trainer, guest speaker, mentor, digital marketing blogger since 2010, and a MSc. Marketing Candidate. In his free time, Adam likes coding and reading about marketing,

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Samuel Hall | Senior Director | Servicenow |

With 20 years experience within the brand, media, content and communications world, across both corporate, consumer and employee leadership communication roles, I am a true believer in the value that strategic communications can bring to any organisation be it in terms of brand value or contribution to the bottom line. I have a proven track record in campaign management, content creation, social media strategy creation and execution, people and agency management at both a Pan EMEA and local market level, supported by solid contacts across both UK and international media and influencers.

Neil Hardy | Marketing & Ecommerce Director | Just Go Holidays Ltd

Neil has been involved in the digital industry since 1994 when he launched his first website for travel brand Page & Moy. He has worked for several blue-chip companies including TUI, The Co-op, Icelolly, Midcounties Co-op and more recently Shearing’s Holidays. With a strong commercial background, digital results and ROI are key focus points in any award judging. Follow Neil on Twitter @hardyneil

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Cheryl Hill | Director of Digital Marketing | SkipTheDishes

Cheryl Hill is the Director of Digital Marketing at SkipTheDishes, Canada's leading and largest food delivery network. Cheryl leads Skip's media buying and digital strategy across Search, CRM, Paid Media, SEO, and Social Media via data-driven insights that connect with Canadians. Prior to Skip, Cheryl served at Metric Marketing as Director of Digital Marketing, where she established teams and led the creation of digital products. For more than a decade, Hill also led her own successful digital marketing consultancy and honed her trade in the UK finance industry, where she pioneered a digital marketing team within the largest mortgage, insurance, and loans brokerage in Scotland.

Jennifer Hoffman | Marketing Director | Banked

Jennifer is an enthusiastic and passionate Marketing Director with over 15 years of experience in brand building and strategic marketing, with an impressive track record of developing key partner relationships and driving business growth. Fascinated by all things impacting the customer journey; brand experience, user experience and customer experience. Hyper curious about new tech, innovation and startup culture!

Motoko Hunt | President, International Search Marketing Consultant | AJPR

Since establishing AJPR in 1998, Motoko Hunt has been providing online marketing services to various companies around the world. Her extensive knowledge of Asia and Japanese markets proves to be highly valuable as her consulting services have made a significant impact on global marketing campaigns for some of the world’s most popular multinational brands. Besides being published in industry websites and printed media, Motoko is a frequent speaker at global search marketing conferences, giving seminars and training about topics on International Search Marketing.

Jarka Kapitanova | Brand Manager and Category Lead | LEGO

Jaroslava Kapitanová, 8+ years in brand & product marketing, experience from FMCG, direct sales and retail business. Started marketing career in Prague office of L'Oréal, with an international pilot launch of new brand Mixa. Later managed succesful re-birth of M&M's chocolate brand across 4 markets in Mars Central Europe. Currently leading GIRLS, PRESCHOOL KIDS and SHOPPER recruitment agenda at LEGO for Czech republic and Slovakia, delivering double-digit growth.

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.

Umar Khan | Senior Digital Strategist | Nakheel

Umar is a passionate digital marketer with over 9 years of experience in managing high budget digital marketing campaigns. With experience and expertise on all the verticals of Digital Channels including SEO, Google Ads, Social Media, Content Marketing, Programmatic, Marketing automation, CRO, UX, analytics etc. Umar has worked with top companies in UAE and currently linked with Nakheel as the Senior. Digital Strategist. He also conducts digital marketing corporate workshops & regular classes for well-known educational institutes in Dubai.

Galya Korukhchyan | Global Brand Marketing Lead | H&M Sport

Galya is a marketing professional within brand management and over the last 10 years, she has contributed to such brands as Absolut Vodka, Malibu Rum and H&M Sport. She has moved from an expert role in digital and social media marketing to wider marketing communication and brand marketing roles where she has been leading brand and product driving initiatives and integrated campaigns on a global level with executions spanning over various countries. Before joining H&M Sport, Galya also worked with a health tech startup called Mendi where she oversaw the brand direction and communications. Most of all in her work, Galya values collaboration and bringing together talented individuals to create excellent output that will drive the brand to new creative heights and outstanding business results. She is very intrigued about cross-industry trends and consumer culture. On a personal level, Galya loves traveling, art in any shape and form and combining high intensity training with stretching routines.

Dinah Makani | Senior SEO Analyst | Whitbread Group

Dinah began her career in marketing over 10 years ago and has specialised in SEO for the past five years. Having worked in-house across several industries, including fashion, hospitality and ecommerce, Dinah has a proven track record for delivering organic growth for many businesses. She strives to achieve the perfect balance between content, digital PR and technical SEO by leveraging data and making the most of each area within the SEO umbrella and the resources available. Dinah takes pride in being a leader and motivating her team and colleagues to be enthusiastic about all things SEO and she's most passionate about delivering a great user experience and helping searchers easily find the information they are looking for online.

Matt McGowan | Director and General Manager | Snap Inc |

A born and bred New Yorker turned Torontonian who has lived on 3 continents, Matt has worked alongside executives and founders representing some of the world's best known and thousands of relatively unknown brands, agencies, and technology companies. Matt most recently served as President and a member of the Board of Directors at the SaaS juggernaut Adestra, an enterprise martech Email Service Provider and Marketing Automation Platform.

Mazen Mroueh | HEAD OF DIGITAL & PARTNERSHIPS | ADVISOR

Mazen has been in many leaderships and Senior roles, currently he is the head of Digital & Partnerships at Digicrowns and Advisor at Techcombank, based between the Netherlands and Vietnam. Leading a Big team of experts based in Europe and his responsibilities cover MKT/Media, Martech, CRM, Affiliate, Website/SEO, Digital transformation, and innovation. Mazen overseed Global Digital media strategies, media pitches, digital transformation, and design of the technology ecosystem following the JBP with key suppliers such as Facebook, Google, & Tik-Tok. Next to that, Mazen is an Ambassador and Advisor for many Web 3.0 projects (Fitness, gaming, and others) Before moving to the Netherlands, Mazen worked at the agency side for 6+ years based in Dubai, Singapore, and Beirut. His diverse portfolio covers prominent multinationals such as BlackBerry, Samsung, Emirates, Etihad airlines, and all the Richemont Luxury brands. Mazen won many prestigious digital awards targeting the MENA region and is looking to score more worldwide. Mazen is a big believer in training both the body and the mind to be strong. So next to his professional achievements, he is a world marathoner and Guinness World Record holder, with more than 77 full marathons completed and many ultras.

Chris Nightingale | PPC Manager | AO.com

Chris is an experienced Digital Marketing Strategist with a passion to deliver through the ever evolving eCommerce landscape. His passion for digital led him to focus more on Online Retail and the exciting nuances of working for an exclusively online retailer. He is part of the vibrant AO.com Digital marketing and commerce team, on the forefront of the latest trends and technologies in order to bolster AO.com’s presence within a competitive market space

Francesca Pasotti | Head of Global User Acquisition | Socios.com

Francesca is a well rounded Growth Marketing leader with experience and background in various European markets. Her 360 degrees experience started on the Agency side as Media Researcher, continued on the Publisher side as Digital Marketing Manager and finally landed on the Client side, where in the last 8 years, she's helped global companies to build and nurture successful marketing teams delivering growth and award winning campaigns. She combines her innate commercial vision with a real passion for performance and branding in an inspiring and impactful way for the business. While moving around Europe for job reasons, she's been raising her son, who already speaks 3 languages at the age of 11, lucky boy!

Helena Pearce | Head of Content | Samsung Electronics, Europe

Helena is the Head of Content for Samsung Electronics’ Europe Office. After cutting her teeth in journalism, Helena moved into the world of content and creative. She joined Amazon as a Content Editor where she spent 5 years building and managing creative teams. During her stint Helena managed digital and offline content, crafted SEO and social media strategies, and created brand books for various business units. Since joining Samsung Electronics Helena has the pleasure to oversee digital content across Samsung’s European subsidiaries, and regularly travels across the globe to deliver target driven content plans in the B2C and B2B space. A few of her favourite career highlights include travelling to Korea to present in Samsung City; creating videos at The O2 Arena, BST and Kew the Music; and interviewing Sir Michael Gambon at a West End after party.

Gustavo Pelogia | SEO Lead | Teamwork |

Gus Pelogia is a former journalist turned SEO, conference speaker, and once-in-a-while blogger. He is currently the SEO Lead at Teamwork, a project management SaaS used by companies like Netflix, PayPal, Disney, and more. Prior to this, Gus worked both in-house and at digital agencies in Argentina, Netherlands, and Ireland. He spent 5 years as an Account Manager and Team Lead at agencies such as Spark Foundry and Wolfgang Digital, working with clients from travel, e-commerce, and professional services, winning several industry awards.

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Dan Petrovic | Managing Director | Dejan

Dan Petrovic, the managing director of DEJAN, is Australia’s best-known name in the field of search engine optimisation. Dan is a web author, innovator and a highly regarded search industry event speaker.

Anna Pickard | Social Media & Content Specialist | Transport for Greater Manchester

Anna has extensive experience working in social media and communications, developing award-winning campaigns and events. After graduating from the University of Sheffield, she started her career working for PR agencies in Greater Manchester, learning the ropes on both consumer and B2B clients. She now manages all the social media channels and online content for the second largest transport authority in the UK - Transport for Greater Manchester. Anna is also an experienced speaker and has recently contributed to a number of digital conferences, including #InspiredSocial and Orlo's Digital Masterclass.

Caty Popescu | Senior SEO Manager | GoDaddy |

Caty moved from journalism to Search Engine Optimization 12 years ago and never looked back. This industry has opened her eyes to a new set of digital strategies and opportunities that she continues to test on a daily basis. Equally loves tech SEO and content optimization, and enjoys debating about edge cases or talk about testing different theories.

Polly Pospelova | Digital Marketing Director | Delete

Polly is the Delete agency’s digital marketing director. She works with SEO consultants, PPC managers, content & PR consultants, and technical developers. Polly works on digital strategies and solutions for major brands in sectors including higher education, sport, property, travel and more. She is also a search marketing conference speaker on SEO, page speed and performance and digital marketing.

Donna Pullen | Programmatic EMEA/APAC | Expedia

Donna begun her career in media ten years ago where she started out within the New Business team at OMD UK. Since then, she has worked across a variety of fields within the industry including at Affilinet, where she specialised in Affiliate Marketing and planning and account management at Omnicom Media Group within their B2B Lead Generation and Affiliates team. Following this, she made the transition from agency to sales where she has been specialising in Programmatic advertising ever since starting out as a Sales Manager at Trinity Mirror to currently overseeing Expedia's programmatic division across EMEA and APAC

Heather Ray Cooper | VP of Internal & Culture Communications | Oatly

Heather is a communicator and a connector—connecting brands with customers, leadership with employees, businesses with people. She is a marketing and communications leader with C-level experience in operations, marketing and communications. She has worked with many admired brands and organizations, from Fortune 500 to fast-growth tech startups — including Oatly, Casumo and McGraw-Hill. Heather has led successful campaign-driven product launches in seven markets across Europe and North America. She’s led global teams with over 15 nationalities represented to build lovable brands, deliver engaging consumer experiences and drive bottom-line growth for businesses. She has most recently led the transformation of Oatly’s internal communications function by implementing an internal-marketing mindset that brings the best-practices of brand, content and engagement to the inside. Heather is a Stanford University Certified Project Manager and holds an MBA in Marketing, as well as a BA in English and Publishing Studies from Hofstra University.

Ric Rodriguez | Co-Founder & Chief Growth Officer | Finsu

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”.

Farhaad Saleh | Head of Organic Performance | WorldFirst

Farhaad is the Head of Organic Performance at WorldFirst, previously he was the Head of SEO for Rightmove and Boohoo. With over 10 year’s experience in SEO he has worked in many verticals from property, fashion, finance, aviation etc working both client side and agency. His approach is to focus on holistic growth leveraging all marketing channels, not just organic. The best strategies are always the simple ones executed well.

Grant Simmons

Grant leads the Performance Marketing team at Homes.com, helping drive brand awareness, search traffic, affiliate traffic, and lead optimization for one of America’s top real estate sites. Grant has over 27 years of agency & brand experience serving industry-leading organizations such as; Paramount Studios, Red Bull, M&M/Mars, Disney, Napster, Warner Bros., UPS, Move.com, YPO, GE, Amgen & Fox Sports. Grant is a popular speaker at search & real estate industry events worldwide, including; SMX, SES, SIS, Pubcon, Brighton SEO, Chiang Mai SEO, UCLA Anderson School of Business, eMarCom, C3, Social Shakeup, Multifamily Brainstorming, R3, Digital Elite, DMA, LRTCon, and has written for or been quoted in Search Engine Watch, Search Engine Journal, Search Engine News, Forbes, Fox Business, MSN, Media Post, Yahoo & other national & international publications. Described as an online marketing strategist, motivator, ideator, entrepreneur, asker-of-tough-questions, and “proud American with a funny accent”, he prefers; father, sailor, search marketer & expat Brit – though not necessarily in that order when there’s a fair wind.

Bianca Spada | International Social Marketing Lead | Facebook

Bianca is a global digital strategy expert with 10 years experience of delivering successful digital strategies and global campaigns in some of the world’s leading and cutting edge companies. She is an expert in consolidating and creating brand new social strategies to significantly increase the visibility of brands online. Bianca has a proven record of radically turning around performance and generating 3-figure growth within 12 months of working in a company.

Alexandra Tachalova | Digital Marketing Consultant

Alexandra is a frequent speaker and founder of the digital marketing conference, DigitalOlympus.net. She also helps clients with digital PR, content marketing, and link building. Besides that, she regularly contributes to leading digital marketing blogs, including Moz, SEJ, Salesforce, SMExaminer, and many others.

Juliette Van Rooyen | Head of SEO | VR Squared

Juliette is an SEO Specialist with more than 14 years experience in both client-side and agency environments in London & Cape Town. Starting as a developer, she was lured to the dark side of SEO with the promise of being more creative. After getting a taste for SEO, she moved to London and spent 6 years working for various agencies. Her clients included Nintendo, Samsung, COI & Shell. She returned to Cape Town where she worked on the gambling industry on the client-side, spearheading multi-region and multi-language strategies for global casino brands. After 6 years of working in that arena, Juliette returned to London in 2018 to lead UK SEO for a multinational ecommerce brand.

Emily Vanlierop | Global Head of Digital Operations | Volkswagen – PHD Global

Emily leads Digital Operations globally for Volkswagen at PHD, guiding the strategic and digital excellence of 27 in-market digital teams for this leading auto manufacturer. Emily cut her Digital teeth in start-ups, spending three years in marketing for two ‘web 2.0’ start-ups, before moving agency-side to hone her performance marketing skills. Since then, she’s spent the last ten years gaining experience in top London agencies (Publicis’ Starcom & Mediavest, Dentsu’s iProspect, WPP’s MEC and currently OMG’s PHD) driving value and innovation for clients across FMCG, Travel, Telco, Finance and Auto verticals. Emily keeps plugged into the London digital community as an active member of the IAB Search Advisory, and getting to see some of the industry’s top work as a judge for The Drum Search Awards, both the Global and UK Biddable Media Awards and now the European Agency Awards.

Anita Veszeli | Global Head of Social Engagement & Advocacy | Ericsson

Anita is the Global Head of Social Engagement & Advocacy at Ericsson, where she has been championing social-first thinking since 2013. Having amassed more than 15 years’ experience in B2B marketing and communication, and a decade in social media across various roles, she currently enjoys a unique position with oversight of all social media, employee advocacy and influencer marketing across Ericsson’s global business.

Ian Wright | Founder | Tribe Global

Ian has lead the network and working hard to make Tribe Global the No1 independent agency network. He have spent his career in advertising. His style is to combine a creative and entrepreneurial approach with a strong commercial focus. Ian loves international business and working across different markets. Strategy fascinates him and in particular, finding ways to deliver business advantage. Uncovering client secrets and turning them into a well-told story is a great feeling to him. When he is not working, he loves big family and friends get-togethers with great food and even better wine. He supports Dundee United, loves ski-ing, enjoy travelling and eventually wants to spend a lot more time in Italy.

Krzysztof Wroński | Google Ads Specialist

Google Ads and Analytics Trainer and Certified Specialist. Co-owner and CEO at Marafiki.agency - digital marketing agency. From 2013 till the end of the project in 2018 he was one of 20ish Google AdWords Certified Trainers, working for Google to train hundreds of specialists from agencies with Google Partner status. Writes articles in professional magazines such as Marketer+ and Magazyn Online Marketing Polska. Gives public speaches and conducts workshops on many professional events and conferences. Lectures at postgraduate studies. Works with clients from all over Europe, USA and Australia.