Kate Ancketill



Global thought-leader in business futurism. Renowned for making complex societal shifts and emerging technologies relatable for any audience.

  • CEO and founder of business futurist consultancy GDR. 25 years in consumer trends.
  • Innovation partner to more than 30 of the world’s largest brands: P&G, Tesco, Target, Sephora, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Moet Hennessy, Danone, The BBC, Lego.
  • Cross-sector, global view of consumer-facing innovation across all physical and digital channels.
  • 5 year future time-frame.
  • Every presentation bespoke to the audience with never-seen-before content.
  • Full time professional conference speaker, available for TV, radio, podcasts, panels, board advisory, client presentations, and print.


AI • Business Futurism • Consumer Trends • Sustainability for Brands • Innovation Leadership • Motivational Tech Optimism • Disruptive Business Models • Customer Experience • Hospitality • Smart Cities • Wellness • Consumer Packaged Goods  • Travel


National Retail Federation Big Show, NYC (9 years running – among the highest speaker score)


National Association of Music Merchants, NAMM Show, Los Angeles

Textilwirtschaft, Frankfurt Germany

APAS Show, Sao Paulo Brazil

College and University Business Officers, Glasgow

NRF NEXUS, Los Angeles

British Franchise Association, London


  • What does AI mean for me, my job, my industry and society?
  • Modern retail is rocket science - how can we deal with the complexity?
  • The future of customer service. What can professional services learn from other industries?
  • Trends fit for the future: The surprising secrets of persistently brilliant brands
  • Regenerative brands: a practical guide to a future that works for the planet, people, and profit
  • The Future of Beauty and Wellness


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 nine years running. 

Martine Reardon, CMO and EVP of Content and Retail Strategy at NRF

I must say, once again, an outstanding speech at NRF! Congrats! Your idea of the “end of the abundance” is the best synthesis of everything we saw and heard at NRF. Everyone in Brazil is spreading your words about it!

Caio Camargo Co-founder, VarejoCast

A lot of highly relevant insights and examples. And you are professional in how you present it. We just received feedback that this had the best engagement at Elkjøp so far”

Hans – Petter Dovre, Format Director, Elkjop Nordic AS (Currys)

I think it’s fair to say that your delivery at the KBSA conference was breathtaking. You could have heard a pin drop at any stage! So thank you; you reignited my imagination and confirmed my desire for change and excitement for the future! I look forward to learning more through your posts and hope our paths cross again at some point!

Ian Sandford, Chairman, Four Seasons Kitchens

A Meeting of Minds conference: How is AI changing the world? Feedback: Fascinating and scary 9.25/10 (highest of all speakers)James Goad, Managing Director, Owen James Events

One word kept coming up and up again when attendees were commenting on your session – ‘WOW’.

Claire Knott, Conference Director, The Retail Bulletin Conference 2022

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