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CEO & Founder,
LUMA Partners

Terence Kawaja is CEO & Founder of LUMA Partners, a leading strategic advisory firm focused at the intersection of media, marketing and technology.

Throughout his career, Terry has leveraged deep industry knowledge to take a strategic approach to deal making rather than chase transactions. The best compliment people say is that he thinks like a principal.

Zuzanna Gierlinska

Chief Growth Officer,
GroupM Nexus UK

Zuzanna is a seasoned digital leader with 20+ years experience as an industry pioneer across AdTech, MarTech and Publishers. Joining GroupM in May ‘22, Zuzanna has been focused on taking Xaxis to the next level of growth and innovation. Prior to that she ran Automation, Programmatic and Data Management divisions at Google, Spotify, Oracle and Microsoft.

Now, as Chief Growth Officer, GroupM Nexus UK, Zuzanna is responsible for delivering a new cross-channel performance organisation across Finecast, Xaxis, INCA (Goat), Acceleration and GroupM Services. 


Managing Director UK,
Microsoft Advertising

Throughout his 28 year media and advertising technology career, Theo has been at the forefront of some of the biggest and innovative businesses.

Theo was at the very start of mobile advertising in Europe, joining ScreenTonic in 2006 (subsequently acquired by Microsoft) and responsible for the launch of the first mobile adverts to appear in Europe, spending years building the industry with brands, agencies and ad tech businesses. He was also instrumental in the 2010 launch of Apple advertising business in Europe. More recently he helped launch Netflix’s ad supported business in the UK.



Jon is CEO of IAB UK, the industry body for digital advertising. The IAB brings its members together – including advertisers, agencies, ad tech and media owners – to address the big issues facing the industry, champion innovation, and help businesses prepare for the future.

Having headed up marketing at Orange, Jon joined IAB UK in 2008 as its first Head of Mobile. He went on to become Director of Mobile and Operations and Chief Operating Officer, before taking on the role of CEO in 2017.

A self-confessed tech lover, Jon often speaks at high-profile events and regularly writes for industry publications such as New Digital Age, Campaign and The Media Leader.


Head of Enterprise, UK,

Alex Cheeseman is Outbrain’s Head of Enterprise in the UK, and has over twenty years of experience crafting and deploying transformative marketing strategies. He holds a track record of innovation, from spearheading the Native Advertising category at Outbrain to setting up a strategic consulting business at Newscred, and operating as CRO at one of News Corp’s rapidly expanding entities.

As a thought leader in the advertising industry, Alex has graced numerous high-profile publications and his expertise has been sought after as a judge in several prestigious industry awards. With his comprehensive experience and future-focused approach, Alex brings valuable insights to the ever-evolving landscapes of technology and digital marketing.


Commercial Director, EMEA,
Publica by IAS

Steph Miller is a go-to market and sales leader with proven experience in building, leading and scaling high-performing commercial teams. She has extensive experience across both the buy and sell sides of programmatic advertising. Miller was responsible for launching the UK office for programmatic advertising platform Adnami and building its sales and operations functions.

Prior to this, Miller was Head of Sales and Marketing Services at Zoopla. Steph is currently responsible for growing the global adoption of the Publica CTV ad server, unified auction and server-side ad insertion (SSAI) products in the EMEA regions to help global CTV publishers and smart TV manufacturers implement their ad serving and ad break decisioning strategies using Publica’s award winning solutions.


Senior Vice President Global Publishing + Americas, Index Exchange

With over 20 years of experience in the media, tech and advertising industry, Matt is widely recognized as a global leader and strategist in the ad tech space.

As the SVP, Americas + Global Publishing at Index Exchange Matt is responsible for the growth and development of sell side relationships globally while simultaneously overseeing the company’s commercial interests in the Americas.

Prior to joining Index Exchange, Matt held executive roles at Zeotap, AdColony, Forbes and News Corp. He is an active advisor and board member for several companies in ad tech, data and privacy and resides in New York, NY.

steve taylor

Joint Chief Strategy Officer,
VCCP Media

Steve is joint CSO at VCCP Media. His career spans four decades across market research, digital strategy, and account and comms planning. He’s worked with brands domestically and internationally such as Daimler, Microsoft, Sainsbury’s and Warner Bros. His current obsession is AI in marketing analytics.

joy dean

Head of UK
Tobii ATTEX, Attention Data Exchange

An accomplished trailblazer in the world of advertising technology with an impressive 18-year journey of transforming ideas into thriving commercial reality. Leading teams with passion and purpose, I’ve charted a course marked by innovation, strategic resilience, and a knack for conquering the ever-evolving digital landscape. Relentlessly commitment to pushing boundaries and fostering innovation, I am excited to continue sharing thought provoking conversations on how we can shape the future of ad tech.

Helen Boardley

Product Director,
Finecast UK (GroupM Nexus)

Helen has worked within GroupM for 12 years now; 8 of those were focused on Product. Her background was mainly digital, but she has been working at Finecast for 4 years now, learning a lot about TV/CTV. Her role/team covers the product areas of ‘Tech and Platform’ and ‘Commercial and Strategic’. She loves turning an idea into innovation.

Alex Wright

Programmatic & Platforms Leader
Channel 4

Alex has over 18 years-experience working in the media industry, with a focus on digital media working for companies such as Unruly, Vevo and T.I. Media.

In 2019 Alex joined Channel 4 to head up the newly formed Programmatic Team to further evolve both the programmatic and data led suite of products. Over the past four years Alex and her team have launched new products such as Channel 4 Programmatic Guaranteed and PMP as well as the award winning first party data matching solution BRANDM4TCH. Alex has most recently launched the market leading cookie-free shopper data partnership with retail partners Nectar 360 and Boots using data clean room technology.

andy jones

Head of Sales, UK,
Samsung Ads

Andy Jones leads the UK ad sales team for Samsung Ads; bringing his unique expertise in the TV space from his background at Zenith, Channel 4, Videology and Roku to help Samsung Ads shape the UK CTV ecosystem.

Using Samsung Ads’ unique, opt-in first-party data, Samsung is working with agencies and advertisers to help capitalise on the CTV opportunity – holistic understanding of today’s TV viewer, providing addressability at scale, and a tailored experience for the viewer.


Chief Commercial Officer,
The Telegraph

Karen Eccles is responsible for the commercial team at The Telegraph overseeing advertising, editorially integrated partnerships (EIPs), content syndication and e-commerce.

Karen has over 20 years of commercial experience and has previously held positions as the Managing Director Digital, Partnerships & Innovation and Digital Sales and Innovation Director.


International Product Marketing Lead
Microsoft Advertising

James Murray is the International Product Marketing Lead for Microsoft Advertising. In his role he is responsible for storytelling across Europe and Latin America and orchestrating engineering engagements in the region to inform product development.

James connects sales, marketing and engineering to develop and execute local product marketing plans across 130 regions. He is a powerful raconteur and product evangelist, being a regular contributor at industry events across the globe.


Country Manager, UK

Phil Acton is Country Manager, UK at Adform, where he is responsible for further expanding Adform’s innovative vision of Efficient Modern Marketing through their integrated advertising platform Adform FLOW. Drawing on his expertise in strategy, sales, new business development and account management, Phil head’s up the UK team in line with Adform’s ‘forward together’ philosophy. Acton focuses on cultivating and developing new and existing client relationships, as well as building on partnerships with brands, media and creative agencies.

Acton’s 20+ years of experience in the industry include seven years at Adobe, as well as working for small start-up agencies and large global holding groups. In that time he has consulted with some of the worlds’ largest brands to help solve their business challenges, and has a wealth of experience in channels such Paid Advertising, Data Management, Identity and Supply Path Optimisation.

clare ritchie

SVP Global Head of Programmatic & Inhousing
Omnicom Media Group

Clare is the SVP Global Head of Programmatic & Inhousing for Omnicom Media Group. Responsible for overseeing global programmatic advancement and prioritising the improvement of accountability and transparency in programmatic trading, throughout the supply chain.

Building on the foundations of compliance and automation efficiencies to develop unique partnership development opportunities.

Expanding programmatic models to be bespoke and flexible for clients to support the changing economic and programmatic landscape and associated challenges being faced.

Naji El-Arifi

Technologist & Head of Innovation
Wunderman Thompson Commerce & Technology

As Head of Innovation, Naji focuses on solving problems in new, creative ways for businesses in a digital-first world. With a background in Product Management and Innovation, he has worked with a great variety of companies and start-ups including DFS, Lego, Domestic & General, Sainsbury’s, Shop Direct Group, Audi, Lloyds Bank, Kobalt and BP, demonstrating how the ever-expanding world of digital can solve industry challenges.

Faye Liddle-Moore

Global Head of Brand Studio

Faye Liddle-Moore is Outbrain’s Global Head of Brand Studio, a creative service that supports specific brand objectives and creative delivery through data-led, custom experiences. She’s built and leads a global in-house team to deliver client-centric creative solutions that push the boundaries of their marketing campaigns. Prior to her current role, Faye was instrumental in building the Outbrain advertiser business in the UK and the rest of Northern Europe as Commercial Director.

In 2023, Insider named Faye a “Rising Star of Adtech,” celebrating her unique blend of creative flair and strategic thinking in the industry. She is also strongly committed to humanitarian efforts, having led Outbrain Brand Studio as a platform for people to donate to non-profit organisations such as Save the Children International, American Red Cross, and Unicef USA, following the earthquake in Syria and Turkey.

Faye is based in London, and is a proud mother of one. In her free time, she passionately supports various women’s empowerment organisations and initiatives in London and across the UK.

Paul Gubbins

Publica by IAS

Paul Gubbins has over 17 years of sales experience and has spent the last 10+ years in programmatic leadership roles with companies such as Unruly, PubMatic, Verizon Media and Millennial Media. More recently, Paul was responsible for launching the UK office for CTV AdTech company Publica by IAS before their recent acquisition by Integral Ad Science (IAS) in August 2021 and is now VP, CTV Strategy for Publica by IAS.


Digital Marketing Manager

Ellie is a Digital Marketing Manager in Deliveroo’s Performance Marketing team, serving as the driving force behind all Display and Video initiatives. She is passionate about driving programmatic excellence through testing and learning.

Not just a digital marketing maverick, Ellie is also a massive foodie (obvs!). When she’s not dishing out programmatic brilliance, you’ll find her cooking up a storm at home, feeding her other big passion for all things delicious.

Sue Macmillan

Chief Operating Officer

Sue Macmillan is the Chief Operating Officer at Mumsnet, the UK’s largest online platform for parents. Sue oversees multiple teams including Product, Growth, and Data. With a treasure trove of 23 years of textual data, the recent advancement in LLMs has transformed Mumsnet’s ability to offer real-time insights to brands, organisations and policy-makers, and they have built multiple AI applications to enable this, including MumsGPT. Sue also has a particular interest in AI and automation and how it can enable people to focus on the most interesting tasks in the workplace.