Alisa Hamilton is the President of Harvest Insights, a boutique market research firm based in Atlanta. She specializes in focus group and online community moderating as well as in-depth interviewing, quantitative analysis and executive reporting. She is the host of the Atlanta chapter of Women in Research (WIRE), and in her free time is a foster mom to rescue puppies for Angels Among Us Pet Rescue.
Anthony (Tony) Michelini is Director and Global Head of Brand Insights & Strategy and Head of Brand Advertising for the Global Branding and Sponsorship Team at Citi.
Tony has more than 20 years of experience in brand strategy and planning, market research and intelligence, integrated marketing communications and new product development. He has helped build and revitalize leading global brands across IT, CPG and services.
Prior to Citi, Tony worked for IBM as Director of Corporate Brand Strategy and WW Market Intelligence. In this role, he led research and strategic planning which drove IBM’s global Brand strategy and Integrated Marketing Communications.
Before IBM, Tony worked for Warner Lambert/Pfizer in consumer insights and innovation and held senior strategy and brand planning positions at Young & Rubicam and Grey Advertising.
BV’s current role is in the new C4G organisation of Unilever as VP CMI for Country & Customer Development for Americas & Europe; he’s also responsible for three centres of excellence in Shopping & Ecom Insight, Market insight and Advanced Analytics. BV is a member of the Global CMI leadership team and, in his external professional circles, he was elected as the Vice President of the Global Market Research industry association, ESOMAR for term 2017-18.
BV joined Unilever in June 1993, at Brooke Bond Lipton India Ltd, leading market research & media. In Nov 1997, he was promoted as Head of Market research for Hindustan Lever Ltd ( HPC & Foods).
In 2003, he was promoted as Vice President – CMI for Asia and later assigned to lead the BD CMI team for Home & Oral care categories. A year later, BV was appointed as Global VP CMI for HPC categories, based in London. From 2009-2015, BV was in Singapore as Vice President CMI for Global Markets, business partnering the COO of Unilever. In 2017, in the C4G new organisation, he was given leadership role to establish a new wing of CMI to support for Country & Customer development teams.
BV is married with two children and his wife also works for Unilever in the area of Professional marketing for Global Oral care. Their son is a computer science engineer in California and their daughter is studying management at Boston University. They have two lovely dogs who are the best creatures to de-stress with every day….you really do not need a spa !! BV enjoys family holidays at home or overseas!
Begoña Fafian started her career 25 years ago in marketing, enjoying her time in SC Johnson Wax, Colgate and Coca-Cola Branding Departments and, in 2004, she transferred into Insights and Research in Coca-Cola. She is a strong believer in the added value of information and that insights need to be brought to live and influence business decisions. Since 2015 Begoña, a Spanish native based in London, has been in charge of being the actionable voice of the consumer for the 12 countries that comprise Western Europe.
Christina Jenkins leads Twitter’s North America Business Marketing team and is responsible for overall marketing and go-to-market content strategy, thought leadership and vertical marketing for key business audiences, brands and agencies. Previously Christina led global research on LinkedIn’s Insights team with a focus on audience and thought leadership, brand, media and advertising effectiveness research. Prior to LinkedIn, Christina held marketing, business development and research roles at Millward Brown, Dynamic Logic and The Wall Street Journal working with global marketers and agencies in the US, UK, Europe and Asia. Christina has lived in New York City, London and currently resides in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
Danielle is a Director at insight-driven strategy consultancy The Forge. Danielle is passionate about elevating our industry; being the Women in Research (WIRe) London lead, WIRe Advisory Board member, MRS Diversity, Inclusion and Equality lead and is often seen presenting, Chairing or writing at and for IIEX, ESOMAR or MRS.
Danielle holds an MA in Geography, and an MSc in Environment, Society and Culture, both from the University of Edinburgh. Danielle also enjoys exploring wine, dystopian fiction and CrossFit, but usually not at the same time.
Elaine is a Canadian-American Cognitive Scientist in Business. She is an executive in Corporate Marketing, most recently heading up Global Research, Intelligence and Analyst Relations at Blackboard, an enterprise technology learning company. She currently sits on Advisory Boards, consults, and provides strategic advice to world-class technology, education, and media organizations.
With over 15 years of leadership experiences working at the intersection of technology, digital media, and entertainment, Elaine brings a unique perspective that draws upon her management, and strategic research roles for both large corporations and startups in the technology/media space. Elaine is highly analytical and expert in designing, interpreting, and delivering strategic, actionable research, and marketing strategy for technology, digital media, education, mobile and gaming clients.
Elaine Co-Founded an innovative market research company, Resolve Market Research which specialized in emerging technologies, marketing strategy, and was acquired within 24 months by Bovitz Inc. a larger research company with offices in Los Angeles and NYC. While at Resolve MR, Elaine acted as Co-CEO, leading sales, marketing, and research while managing client and partner relationships.
She has strong business development acumen and partnership building. Great pulse on the technology, entertainment, education, and mobile marketplace, and how they intersect. Entrepreneur keynote speaker, advisor, and Innovator.
Elaine is a big believer in strong, impactful leadership, and mentoring Millennials and GenZers. 🙂
Emily Della Maggiora serves as Vice President Data Services for Qterics and Chief Data Strategist for Silicon Image forging new business models and media measurement opportunities in the arena of Internet of Everything (IOT). While VP Media Entertainment and Technology at comScore, Emily led the media/entertainment market expansion of Digital Analytix, providing next generation enterprise level analytics in big data environments. During her comScore tenure Emily also oversaw new business development for the West Coast and strategic partnerships within Entertainment & Gaming, focused on client proprietary data/insights services leveraging the comScore panel; responsibilities also included the introduction of the advertising effectiveness suite AdEffx and vCE to this marketplace.
As President of Treehouse Strategies, she conducted market research and developed business strategies for European and Fortune 500 businesses, including the BBC with serviced focused on next generation measurement solutions to include: iPlayer, www.bbc.com, Television, mobile and social. While with the The Nielsen Company, Emily completed her tenure as SVP, Nielsen Interactive Entertainment and delivered media measurement solutions for the interactive entertainment industry and emerging digital markets.
Emily also advises a number of tech start-ups, participates as a voting member of the Television Academy, Anita Borg Institute for Women & Technology – Award Selection Committee, serves as a program development Board Member for Digital Hollywood and in the non-profit space is on the Board of Directors and an Advisor to multiple non-profit organizations which support individuals lacking access to educational resources in the U.S. and abroad.
Eric Salama is the former Chairman and CEO of Kantar, the data investment management division of WPP, the largest marketing services and communications company in the world. Previously, Salama was a Main Board Director of WPP Group, and CEO of www.wpp.com. Eric has also worked in consultancy and political roles, and was a non-executive director of The British Museum and The Horse’s Mouth Foundation. Currently, he serves as the non-executive director of the Department for International Development. He holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the University of London.
JD Deitch, based in Paris, France, is a 20-year veteran of the market research industry. He began his career client-side in financial services, then went on to hold senior global positions at The NPD Group and Ipsos. Prior to Cint, he held executive positions at AYTM and Bakamo.Social. JD is a frequent speaker and a thought leader in the insights industry as it evolves to tackle the challenges of the digital age. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science with Distinction from The American University and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jane Frost, CBE, has served as CEO for the Marketing Research Society (MRS) for the past four years, joining the organization after several years in government where she held leadership roles. Altogether, Frost has more than 20 years of experience delivering customer-based change to a wide range of corporations such as Unilever, BBC, Shell and others. She is Cambridge educated and, in addition to being a trustee and NED of the Lowry, she is vice chair of the Fair Trade Foundation.
Joanna Derry is a global brand and marketing insights strategist who loves working with similarly passionate professionals to grow and develop consumer-centric businesses. She is passionate about understanding cultural impact within people’s behaviours and motivations and how it plays out in the marketing sphere. She has led insights projects in more than 50 countries across the globe having lived and worked in a few as well.
Joanna doesn’t believe the consumer comes first, she believes that true consumer insight will unlock the future for your brand, if only you know where to seek it out.
Joanna currently works for Nestle Oceania as Head of Consumer Insights & Marketplace Intelligence, where she has a leadership role across the organisation to drive consumer and shopper centricity for business growth. She has also held roles at Procter & Gamble and a European online marketplace.
Joanna is an award-winning industry presenter who loves to champion consumer-centricity in various forums when she is not traveling in her spare time immersing herself in the many cultures of the world. She believes in never doing the same thing twice and is in a constant internal battle between her analytical brain and her creative brain. She loves nothing more than a good laugh and believes that although we should take our work seriously, we should never take ourselves too seriously!
Marie-Agnes is French, lives with her partner, who is Dutch, and their son in Amsterdam (Netherlands). Marie-Agnes grew up in different countries and multicultural cities. She speaks French, Dutch and English fluently. After her PhD in Economics & Finance, Marie joined the semi-conductor company, Texas Instruments, which gave her the opportunity to learn and to grow in an international, multicultural and innovative business environment. During the 13 years at Texas Instruments, Marie utilized Market Research to advance her skills in management, finance, CRM and business strategy internationally. Marie joined Time Warner Inc. and Starbucks in the Netherlands. During this time, she was responsible for the innovative projects and was part of an enthusiastic community of pioneers.
Marie joined ESOMAR and Market Research in June 2008. As CFO, together with the ESOMAR Council Members, the Director General and the ESOMAR Team, she is responsible for elevating the ESOMAR strategy for growth for the benefit of ESOMAR Members and the industry globally.
Marion Elliott has worked in the market research industry for 8 years. While her experience in the field began in software and technology, she now works in Sample, Operations and Technology at Market Cube where she aids in the delivery of the company’s mission to provide practical innovation to the biggest names in the market research arena. An avid follower of the latest trends and innovations, Marion is enthusiastic about market research technology and insights. Since 2018, she has served as the lead on WIRe’s “WIRe in Color” initiative, which seeks to strengthen the connections among—and raise the visibility of—women of color in market research.
Pratiti Raychoudhury started at Facebook in October 2010 as a researcher working on Facebook Platform. Previously, she was the Director of Customer Insights at Yahoo, leading brand and campaign insights globally as well as market and user experience research for Yahoo! Open Strategy. She was the first market researcher at PayPal and eventually led the consumer research team.
Roddy Knowles is VP of Research at Feedback Loop, ensuring its customers realize maximum value from Feedback Loop’s agile research platform for rapid consumer feedback. In addition to academic training in the social sciences, he has an extensive professional background in both qual and quant research methodologies. Roddy is a frequent speaker, award-winning author, and champion of research innovation and best practices.
Sima Vasa is a multi-faceted business leader in the market research and analytics space. Her broad range of expertise centers on P&L management, operations, business development, marketing, entrepreneurship to investment banking. Currently, she focuses on advising clients on overall business strategy, evaluation of strategic options, and execution of investment banking mandates via Oberon Securities, a middle market investment banking firm.
In addition to her professional endeavors, Sima is an active Women in Research executive member, serves on the Port Washington Public Library board of trustees as an elected official, and previously sat as the Chairman of SampleCon. Frequently taking the stage at national technology and market research conferences, Sima is the host of her own podcast, Data Gurus, which has received national recognition as one of the leading podcasts in the market research and data ecosystem vertical. Sima continues to serve on the board of directors of Paradigm Sample, a company that she co-founded.
She earned her MBA in Finance from NYU’s Stern School of Business, her undergraduate degree from Drexel University, and she’s a former member of the Young President’s Organization (YPO).
A New Zealand native, Vanessa has worked in the field of research and innovation for over 15 years and has lived in Japan for over 20 years. Vanessa does not stand still and is always looking for ways to improve the status quo. She liked to think in the process of ‘What do I know?… So what does that mean? Now what do I do?’ She’s unafraid of exploring newer methodologies in an effort to continually improve and has a strong passion for the end to end process of research, innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. Vanessa has worked in all stages of the business spectrum, from Innovation and Product development to insights and short and long-term Strategy. Prior to her current position she was the General Manager for Nike Women’s category. Currently, she is the president and founder of Heart Data Inc, a company focused on putting the Heart and Human-centric element to the research data, algorithms and work that we do. She has a strong passion for Japan, sports, women and innovation! Her current “other” passions are her “boys” (husband and 2 sons), marathon running and raising awareness for breast cancer.
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