The What's Next Podcast

Active International

We all need to be thinking about and preparing for What’s Next in order to achieve more - and that’s what this podcast is all about. We are seeking to gain a more diverse perspective on what will shape the future of marketing and advertising, one 15-minute conversation at a time. I'm your host Karim Kanji, and I am excited to share talks I’ll be having with thinkers around the world. If you’re as curious as I am about what’s next, join me and invest 15 minutes of your day exploring big ideas and innovative thoughts.
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What's Next with Gillian McMichael
About Gillian McMichael Gillian is an acclaimed transformational coach and is in the top 3% of coaches world-wide. With over two decades of experience of working with Executives globally she has supported over 10,000 clients overcome their barriers to success. Moving beyond fear to elicit agency in those she works with. The founder of Full Circle Global, Gillian’s passion and energetic drive towards excellence in coaching has seen her company rapidly become a market leader in leadership development, coaching and coach training. A champion of professional development, Gillian is a true entrepreneurial leader at the forefront of coaching and leadership growth.Her client list of leaders and managers spans law, property, private equity, banking, construction, IT, and government. Her coaching and leadership development work is recognised as innovative and empowering, evoking awareness and actions that lead to success. She has supported the growth of hundreds of organisations, working in partnership to identify key areas of organisational development. This collaborative approach assists in redefining strategic vision, improving performance and developing the personal ability of teams using facilitated learning and coaching as a foundation to challenge, focus and motivate.  Gillian’s extensive experience was founded upon a 12-year career in Human Resources and prior to Full Circle she led New U Coaching as Development & Coaching Director. She is a member of the International Coach Federation ICF, the Association for Coaches, EMCC and an Associate Member of the CIPD and the Institute of Directors. Gillian is also a former member of the ICF UK Board of Directors. Gillian is an ICF globally accredited coach and is holds the MCC certification and an accredited coach supervisor with CSA. She also is a certified Chopra Centre meditation & wellness teacher.
12 mins
What's Next with Naren Patel
In the latest episode of The What's Next Podcast, we look at what's next for diversity within the media & advertising industry. We gain insight from Naren Patel, founder of Media For All and previously CEO of Primesight, a leading OOH media company. Naren is passionate about improving ethnic diversity in the Media sector and founded Media for All (http://www.mediaforall.org.uk (www.mediaforall.org.uk)), a social enterprise, in 2018.  MEFA’s mission is to help Black, Asian & ethnic minority talent thrive through mentorship and support with the ultimate aim to increase diversity within the media and advertising industry.  ABOUT NAREN PATEL Naren Patel joined the media industry in 1991. He floated the outdoor advertising business Primesight on the London Stock Exchange in 1997, and in 1999 sold Primesight to STV plc. In 2007, Naren led an MBO of Primesight and then grew the business through acquisitions and organic development. He made Primesight one the leading and most successful brands in the media industry, winning Media Brand and Commercial Sales team of the year awards and growing revenue 20X during his tenure. In September 2018, Primesight was acquired by Global Radio and Naren stepped down as CEO of Primesight in July 2019. Naren is passionate about improving ethnic diversity in the Media sector and is now focussed on Media for All (www.mediaforall.org.uk) a social enterprise that he created in 2018. MEFA provides free mentorship and support for Black, Asian and other ethnic talent in media. The group has over 300 Black and Asian members. He works on a pro bono basis and also provides free advice to charities and businesses in the media sector on Diversity and Inclusion. Naren is also a trustee for NABS (The charity for the Advertising industry) and sits on the Finance and Investments Boards. In 2021 Naren launched Geoprove a verification tool for location based mobile advertising ---------------------------------------------------------------------- FOLLOW US INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK KARIM - twitter.com/karimkanji PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
15 mins
What's Next with Patricia Moser
The impact of the pandemic and climate change has had a significant effect on global supply chains. With the COP26 Climate Change conference taking place this week, this episode is a timely look inside the world of supply chains and how innovators within the industry are aligning their services with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals to provide ethical and beneficial solutions for global businesses. In this episode, we speak to Patricia Moser, founder of i3 Advantage, a high-value supply chain, procurement and sustainability consultancy specialist. In Patricia's previous role as Chief Procurement Officer for one of the United Nations larger agencies, she experienced how conscientious, considered supply chain & procurement decisions within businesses can impact all of the UN's 17 sustainable development goals.  With her consultancy i3 Advantage, where the "i"s stand for Insight, Innovation and Impact, Patricia can advise businesses on how to make choices that focus on operational excellence, resilience, risk the three tiers of sustainability social, economic and environmental. THE UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS GOAL 1: NO POVERTYEconomic growth must be inclusive to provide sustainable jobs and promote equality. GOAL 2: ZERO HUNGERThe food and agriculture sector offers key solutions for development, and is central for hunger and poverty eradication. GOAL 3: GOOD HEALTH AND WELL-BEINGEnsuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages is essential to sustainable development. GOAL 4: QUALITY EDUCATIONObtaining a quality education is the foundation to improving people's lives and sustainable development. GOAL 5: GENDER EQUALITYGender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. GOAL 6: CLEAN WATER AND SANITATIONClean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. GOAL 7: AFFORDABLE AND CLEAN ENERGYEnergy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity. GOAL 8: DECENT WORK AND ECONOMIC GROWTHSustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs. GOAL 9: INDUSTRY, INNOVATION, AND INFRASTRUCTUREInvestments in infrastructure are crucial to achieving sustainable development. GOAL 10: REDUCED INEQUALITIESTo reduce inequalities, policies should be universal in principle, paying attention to the needs of disadvantaged and marginalized populations. GOAL 11: SUSTAINABLE CITIES AND COMMUNITIESThere needs to be a future in which cities provide opportunities for all, with access to basic services, energy, housing, transportation and more. GOAL 12: RESPONSIBLE CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTIONResponsible Production and Consumption GOAL 13: CLIMATE ACTIONClimate change is a global challenge that affects everyone, everywhere. GOAL 14: LIFE BELOW WATERCareful management of this essential global resource is a key feature of a sustainable future. GOAL 15: LIFE ON LANDSustainably manage forests, combat desertification, halt and reverse land degradation, halt biodiversity loss GOAL 16: PEACE, JUSTICE AND STRONG INSTITUTIONSAccess to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. GOAL 17: PARTNERSHIPSRevitalize the global partnership for sustainable development. About Patricia Moser Patricia Moser is recognized as a pioneer and thought-leader in procurement and supply chain, internationally. She has led positive transformation in multiple sectors, both private and public. Her innovative approaches have garnered global recognition resulting in several prestigious awards. Patricia has the ability to envision and inspire, leading to successful outcomes in complex situations. She has a passion for sustainability, working with organizations to embrace and implement social, economic and environmental sustainability. She believes that supply chain and procurement can positively impact...
18 mins
What's Next with Liz Jones and Daren Rubins
This episode we take a little look into the world of recruitment: What are businesses looking for when hiring C-Suite executives and what are the C-Suite executives looking for when seeking new opportunities, has this changed since the global pandemic has affected the traditional working models? We asked Liz Jones and Daren Rubins, Founders of Conker, a specialist executive search company that specialises in the media and marcom industries to help us out with the answers! ABOUT CONKER Conker is an Executive Search business that finds transformational talent for senior roles in agencies, media owners, digital platforms and client brands. Our remit stretches across commercial, strategic, technical, operational and specialist areas - and often in combination. Learn more about Conker https://conkerwithus.com ABOUT LIZ JONES Liz is an experienced commercial leader who understands how talent drives better business outcomes. She is a strong networker and collaborator; passionate about contributing to positive change and business results through diversity, inclusion and well-being. Alongside her most recent role at Dentsu Aegis Network (CEO of B2B), she was also the Executive Sponsor for Diversity and Inclusion and together with HR built the first set of complete diversity metrics for business to inform 2020 goals focused on gender, agile working and ethnicity. Liz led the successful roll-out of unconscious bias training to the leadership team and she also launched the first LGBT+ resource group and gender equality network at Dentsu Aegis Network. She has always enjoyed building diverse, high performing teams. At PSI over eight years she hired over 20 individuals from different backgrounds and markets and in doing so doubled the revenue and profit of the business. A proud WACL member, she drove the recent initiative with LinkedIn using data for the first time to look at gender parity in the Media, Marketing and Communications industry. She has always mentored formally and informally via NABS, WACL, IPA and the wider industry. She is currently on the WACL Exec (Communications and Voice) and was a main committee member of the IAA for many years. Liz is also a NABs Stronger than Summer committee member and mentors for most of the initiatives in the media industry. ABOUT DAREN RUBINS Daren’s entire career has been built around helping companies and people to achieve their potential. Across 30 incredibly successful years in advertising, Daren has been responsible for hiring and/or leading some of today’s most successful names in the marketing industry. His belief is that motivated talent, in the right environment, can achieve anything. In his 10 years as MD and then CEO of PHD in the UK, the agency experienced unprecedented success. Highlights included; Pitching and winning Cadbury, Kraft, Expedia, Dyson, Twitter, Confused.com, Purple Bricks, Viacom, British Heart Foundation, P&O Cruises, VW Group, Magners and many more. Winning eight individual Media Agency of the Year accolades, seven Grand Prix awards and two Cannes Lions Gold awards. Achieving four consecutive top 100 Best Companies Awards, including 25th, 18th and 16th positions. Daren also co-created the industry-accreditation Advanced Media Certificate, for which he received an IPA Fellowship and has spoken on numerous platforms about talent and diversity, including the 3% Conference, WACL, Token Man, Omniwomen, Bloom and HeForShe. In 2017, Daren became CEO at The Lighthouse Company, where he placed 18 business leaders in as many months. In his spare time, Daren mentors individuals at all levels and also the runs the Marketing Advisory Group for the JW3 Community Centre.
12 mins
What's Next with Alex BarkerWhat's Next with Sonia Carreno
We speak to Sonia Carreno, President of IAB Canada, about the cookieless future and what that will mean for advertisers. Sonia takes us through Project Rearc, the IAB's global call-to-action for stakeholders across the digital supply chain, to re-think and re-architect digital marketing to support core industry use while balancing consumer privacy and personalization. The Rearc project quickly evolved into three working groups: Addressable audiences, Accountability, and a Global Framework, and Sonia outlines these briefly in our bitesize podcast episode. To read more about the IAB's Rearc project visit: www.iab.com/blog/project-rearc-an-industry-collaboration-to-rearchitect-digital-marketing ABOUT SONIA CARRENO Sonia has been passionate about the Internet and its forward movement in Canada from the start and brings over 20 years of experience touching virtually every aspect of digital marketing. Sonia has led global digital strategy initiatives for international brands including Gillette, Heineken, General Motors, RBC, Coca Cola and Spin Master Toys. Her work has included every discipline of online media and her specialities range from performance marketing to social media strategy and start-up strategy. She has also consulted industry associations and many publishers to help navigate the disruptive media landscape. Her passion for the industry continues in the role of President of the Interactive Advertising Bureau of Canada where she continues to help drive the industry forward and put Canada on the global stage for online media innovation. In 2021, Sonia was inducted into the Canadian Marketing, Advertising, Communication and PR Hall of Fame for her efforts in bringing the Canadian marketing and advertising industry into the digital age.
19 mins
What's Next with Robert JacobiWhat's Next with Brian Gallagher
In this episode, we speak to Brian Gallagher, who shared his insight as the Chief of Sales at Australian Media Owner SCA on the changing media landscape and how the pandemic has helped shine a light on localism. SME businesses were the first to feel the pain of the Covid-19 outbreak in Australia. SCA quickly mobilised a 'Shop Local' campaign on a national basis, with localised campaigns running on social radio shows, where local people could call in and talk up their favourite local businesses. "...because of the very highly social nature of radio, we were also able to use our morning shows, our drive time shows, and our daytime shows to get consumers to call in and tell stories about great local vendors, what they were doing, and how they'd helped them." Brian also spoke on the attractiveness and dominance of the big giants Google and Facebook for SME advertisers and why SCA brought in more digital marketing experts to help their customers understand the importance of advertising outside the giants with a blend of mediums to achieve their goals. "Facebook can operate at any budgetary level. They operate in a dashboarded scenario... It's a slot machine for marketing; depending on how sophisticated a client you are, you can very quickly put a lot of coins in the slot. Cost per acquisition seems to rise inexorably. We feel very strongly that those platforms, while appearing convenient or cost-effective, there's a hidden cost there, and our small to medium advertisers, in the main, don't see how that works. We are fiercely local about our content and our connection with our communities, but we've implemented more and more executives who are experts in digital marketing in these communities so that they can take hold of those advertisers and say, "Yes, you should be in search. "Yes, you should be in social, "but you should be deploying in this manner."  ABOUT BRIAN GALLAGHER Brian has over 30 years' experience in the broadcast and digital media industries, from advertising sales to developing video content production business's. He has focused his career on the successful intersection of content and brand storytelling. Brian has led the successful development of brand integration strategy and workflow for broadcasters and production companies which led to him to build a successful brand funded television programming business. Brian has developed several business's from start-up stage to commercial success. In his current role as Chief Sales Officer at SCA he enjoys driving business growth for the many major advertisers and SME's that SCA support via Australia's largest network of Radio, TV and Digital, by driving a passion for 'great ideas inspired by insight' across the team. ABOUT SCA Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) is one of Australia's leading media companies reaching more than 95% of the Australian population through its radio, television, and digital assets.  Under the Triple M and Hit network brands, SCA owns 99 stations across FM, AM, and DAB+ radio. SCA provides national sales representation for 34 regional radio stations.  SCA broadcasts 93 free to air TV signals across regional Australia, reaching 2.7 million people a week, with Ten Network programming and advertising representation across regional QLD, southern NSW and regional Victoria, Seven Network in Tasmania, Seven and Ten in Darwin, Remote Central and Eastern Australia, and Seven, Nine and Ten in Broken Hill and Spencer Gulf. Sky News Regional will also be broadcast in 17 of SCA's regional markets across Victoria, Southern NSW and Queensland. SCA operates LiSTNR, Australia's free audio destination for consumers housing radio, podcasts, music and news.  SCA also provides Australian sales representation for global open audio platform SoundCloud and Sonos Radio.  SCA's premium brands are supported by social media, live events and digital platforms that deliver national and local entertainment and news...
18 mins
What's Next with Zoe Howorth
We talk to WACL member Zoe Howorth (Women in Advertising and Communication Leadership) on a range of topics from Olympic advertising for brands, leaning on her experiences as Marketing Director for Coca Cola UK . To 'Meat Free Mondays', an initiative, which has encouraged millions to reduce their meat intake, positively impacted the environment and raised climate change awareness. And finally Zoe discusses why working for businesses which puts emphasis on the 3 Ps of 'Profit, Planet & People' is rewarding and fits the emerging, accountable consumer mindset. "Consumers want brands with good utility, have real purpose and are more than a commercial entity." ABOUT ZOE HOWORTH A classically trained marketer who began life at Procter and Gamble, benefiting from their world class graduate program with roles on market leading laundry brands Ariel and Daz. After stint at United Biscuits which built strong commercial awareness , Zoe joined the Coca-Cola Company in 1998. Over a 15 year period Zoe progressed from Brand Manager to Marketing Director, across this time she led the marketing campaigns from idea to execution across all of the brands , led international campaigns and worked in developing and rolling out marketing capability programs (The Coca-Cola way of Marketing) for the next generation. In her final role as Marketing Director she oversaw Coca- Cola’s marketing of the 2012 Olympic games and also served for 3 years on the GB Leadership team which stewarded the whole business through the breadth of strategic, legal, HR, customer and corporate affairs. Finally, Zoe was the lead interface with the companies Sales and distribution partners (Coca-Cola Enterprises) where her role was to deliver inspirational programs which could work ‘at the point of purchase’ in a collaborative way with the sales teams. More recently, Zoe has transitioned into portfolio non executive roles and holds 3 board positions. The first of these is Water Babies International, a global baby swimming business, Playfinder , a tech business enabling the online booking of sports facilities across the UK. Finally, Zoe is Chair of Houston PR which is an innovative PR consultancy with excellent pedigree in both consumer and financial PR.
18 mins
What's Next with Adrian Montgomery
We talk with https://www.linkedin.com/company/2692490/admin/# (Adrian Montgomery), CEO of https://www.linkedin.com/company/2692490/admin/# (Enthusiast Gaming), about the meteoric rise of the e-sports and gaming industry and why its a vital space for advertisers/marketers. "60% of Gen Z prefer e-sports over traditional sports". A statistic that may seem strange to some, however, Adrian illuminates how the US election zoned in on the Gen Z vote by getting on board the gaming train. The potential for the advertising & marketing industry is vast, with privacy updates being extensively rolled out and impacting available third-party data. The wealth of first-party data in the growing gaming community will be crucial for advertisers seeking to reach a demographic that is hard to find using traditional media routes. ABOUT ADRIAN MONTGOMERY As the Chief Executive Officer of Enthusiast Gaming, Adrian and his team are building the world’s largest social network of communities for gamers and e-sports fans that reaches over 300 million gaming enthusiasts on a monthly basis. The Company’s business is comprised of four main pillars—E-sports, Content, Talent and Events. The E-sports division includes 7 teams under Luminosity Gaming; Content includes 100 gaming related websites and 2 of the top 20 gaming media and entertainment brands on YouTube with BCC Gaming and Arcade Cloud; Our Talent division works with nearly 1,000 YouTube creators and leading gamer talent and our Events include EGLX, the largest gaming expo. Adrian has been a senior officer and director of several public and private companies in the fields of media, sports and entertainment, finance and industrial services. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of Aquilini Sports and Entertainment, one of Canada’s premier sports and entertainment organizations. He i s the former president of Tuckamore Capital Management, a conglomerate with over $700 million of annual revenue, and was also the former CEO of QM Environmental, one of Canada’s largest contracting companies. Mr. Montgomery has been active in the political process throughout his career and has served as a political advisor to Leaders at all levels of government. Mr. Montgomery is also a member of the New York State Bar Association. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- FOLLOW US INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK KARIM - twitter.com/karimkanji PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
16 mins
What's Next with Abba Newbery
We chat to Abba Newbery about how Habito is the "What's Next" of Mortgage Broker/Provider in the UK. The UK mortgage industry is archaic, and possibly even broken when we consider how people are now living their lives. People who are self-employed or have non-linear careers struggle to find mortgages that fit them, Habito was founded to challenge the old ways. Abba explains the 'B Corp' accreditation that Habito holds and how it aligns with Habito's mission to help people find a home, a home that is or has the potential to be environmentally sound, and a part of an integrated community. Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. ABOUT ABBA NEWBERY Abba Newbery is CMO at Habito, the disruptive tech driven mortgage business, now also proudly a B Corp Abba Newbery is the CMO of Habito, a tech start-up founded in 2016 with the mission of setting people free from the hell of mortgages, and that has since become the fastest growing mortgage broker in the UK. Prior to joining Habito, Abba was Head of Commercial Strategy at News UK and Managing Partner for Communications Strategy at Universal McCann. Abba has also been a mentor on the Google Start-up Accelerator programme and the YouTube Creator mentoring scheme. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- FOLLOW US INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK KARIM - twitter.com/karimkanji PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
16 mins
What's Next with Dan Bates
We speak to Dan Bates, Founder and CEO of Rebel Energy about launching a new breed of energy supplier in the UK. Dan's mission with Rebel Energy is to address inequality and the climate crisis with a startup that addresses 3 mega trends in the energy industry: 1. Global Regulatory Changes. This can be seen in the USA's renewed commitment to the Paris Agreement, many countries and businesses commitment to carbon neutrality by the middle of the century and the upcoming COP26 UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Glasgow, Scotland later this year. 2.Technology Changes. With advancements in wind, solar and tidal energy generation and the huge shift over to electric vehicles. 3. Consumer Changes. Consumers are seeking more ethical businesses, exploring choices and placing money into companies that they trust. Dan also discusses the UK startup culture that has enabled challenger, 'disrupter' businesses to flourish with many traditional barriers disappearing. ABOUT DAN BATES Dan is the CEO and founder of Rebel Energy, a supplier of energy to UK households.  Rebel Energy is built around a social mission to provide affordable clean energy.  Dan has a desire to make a difference in society and show that big business can be good business.  Prior to founding Rebel Energy, Dan spent over 15 years at BP in a variety of senior leadership roles. ABOUT REBEL ENERGY Rebel Energy is a new breed of energy supplier, providing clean energy to households in the UK at an affordable price. Rebel’s on a mission to address inequality and combat the climate crisis with a benevolent mindset. Rebel with a cause, energy with a difference. --------------------------------------- FOLLOW US INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK KARIM - twitter.com/karimkanji PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
14 mins
What's Next with Kevin Edwards
Undoubtedly one of the most fascinating brands of the past year is Just Eat Takeaway, a British-Dutch dot-com company; in this episode, we enjoyed speaking to Canadian subsidiary company SkipTheDishes CEO Kevin Edwards. Kevin talks about the lessons learned throughout the pandemic; the effect on their business and independent restaurants. ---------------------------------------------- HISTORY OF JUST EAT TAKEAWAY Canadian online food delivery company SkipTheDishes was acquired by Just Eat in 2016 for $200M. The following years saw several mergers and acquisitions across many international markets of scale-up delivery services. By 2020 UK's Just Eat (which had already acquired SkipTheDishes, Menulog, hungryhouse) merged with takeway.com to become Just Eat Takeaway. In March 2021, Just Eat Takeaway said it expected further growth in orders in 2021 after the pandemic helped drive a sharp rise in revenue for the year. The food delivery group hailed an "exceptional" 2020 after posting revenue of €2.4bn (£2bn), up 54 per cent from €1.6bn in the previous 12 months. The company reported three consecutive quarters of growth over the year, with overall orders rising 42% to 588m. --------------------------------------------- ABOUT KEVIN EDWARDS Kevin was appointed Chief Executive Officer, SkipTheDishes in November 2018 after joining the business in April as Chief Marketing Officer. Proving to be a transformational leader, he was appointed to lead Just Eat’s North American portfolio as Skip entered their next stage of global business growth. With over 30 years of consumer strategy experience, global logistics expertise, and organizational change leadership, Kevin brings a depth of experience to the rapidly-growing business and industry.   Prior to joining Skip, Kevin was the Chief Marketing Officer for the global Movember Foundation, and held the position of Vice President of Marketing for Office Depot in both North America and Europe where he led teams through organisational change, international integration and brand evolvement.  --------------------------------------- FOLLOW US INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK KARIM - twitter.com/karimkanji PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
16 mins
What's Next with Steve Dennis
We speak to Steve Dennis, author of 'Remarkable Retail How to Win & Keep Customers in the Age of Disruption'. Steve gives us an overview of the retail industry; the impacts of shopping mall oversupply, lack of diversified shopping experiences and the evolution of e-commerce. Steve also takes us through 'The 8 Essentials of Remarkable Retail', a framework that guides brands in the design of enduring, highly profitable and intensely customer-centric growth strategies. **ABOUT STEVE DENNIS** Steve Dennis is a leading global retail influencer, keynote speaker & consultant, Senior Forbes Contributor, and bestselling author, ‘Remarkable Retail' Steve Dennis is a consultant, keynote speaker and author focused on retail growth and innovation. He has been named a top global retail influencer by multiple organizations and his thoughts on the future of shopping are regularly shared in his role as a Forbes Senior Contributor. His new best-selling book is "Remarkable Retail: How to Win & Keep Customers in the Age of Digital Disruption" and he is the host of the Remarkable Retail podcast. During a 30 year career as a senior executive at two Fortune 500 retailers–and more recently as a strategic advisor–Steve has worked with dozens of retail, consumer, luxury and social impact brands to inspire, catalyze and design their journey to remarkable results. As a sought-out keynote speaker, Steve has delivered talks on six continents, sharing his unique perspective on what it takes to reignite customer growth in a world of constant change and shifting consumer preferences. He has contributed commentary to Bloomberg/Business Week, the BBC, CNBC, CNN, the Harvard Business Review and the Wall Street Journal, among many others. Steve is currently the President of SageBerry Consulting. Prior to founding SageBerry, he was the chief strategy officer and SVP, multichannel marketing for the Neiman Marcus Group. Steve received his MBA from Harvard and a BA from Tufts University. **FOLLOW STEVE** stevenpdennis.com twitter.com/stevenpdennis www.linkedin.com/in/stevenpdennis/ ------------------------------------------------------- **FOLLOW US** INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK LINKEDIN - www.linkedin.com/company/active-international-uk KARIM - twitter.com/karimkanji PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
15 mins
What's Next with Tina Fegent
In this episode of the What's Next podcast, we speak with Tina Fegent, a leading specialist and consultant in Marketing Procurement. Marketing Procurement is the buying of goods and services that support an organisation’s Marketing investment. It covers the Marketing 4 P’s – Product; Price; Place (Distribution) and Promotion. It is a wide-ranging category covering spend areas such as advertising through to the negotiation of sponsorship contracts. Tina gives her insight into how Marketing Procurement has grown, evolved and where it is headed. The What's Next podcast explores big ideas and innovative thoughts on the future of Marketing and Advertising. Our guests come from varied backgrounds across the industry; the topics we seek to cover include cultivating positive company culture, consumer & industry trends, leadership and more. ** ABOUT TINA FEGENT ** Tina Fegent was one of the first to work in Marketing Procurement over 25 years ago. Tina then established many of the first Marketing Procurement teams in the UK for Cellnet (Telefonica), SB (GSK) and Orange & France Telecom. From Lucozade Sports bottles to Orange Arrows Formula One Racing, there isn't a category of marketing that she hasn't procured. She was then the first Procurement person to work agency side at Grey Advertising and Lowe London as their Commercial Director. An experience that taught her how agencies work commercially. In 2006 she set up Tina Fegent Consulting to offer a Marketing Procurement Consultancy service to clients. Recent clients (in the last 12 months or so) have been Amazon, SSE, PepsiCo, Halfords, Imperial Tobacco, Checkatrade, P&O Ferries and Aldi. She works at a strategic level to help identify what is required to make marketing procurement successful in an organisation. Market knowledge and stakeholder engagement being some of her key attributes. She manages and works alongside clients and agencies to make sure the best commercial relationship is in place. She also mentors and trains marketing procurement teams and individuals. She has chaired the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) Specialist Knowledge Group on Marketing Purchasing since its inception in 2006. She was a key contributor to the Magic and Logic initiative and am a regular speaker globally on Marketing Procurement. And very proudly she was the first Marketing Procurement person to appear in Campaign's Annual A List of the most powerful people in the Advertising industry! She is also the volunteer Director of Recruitment for the Conscious Advertising Network, which is trying to make sure that the industry ethics catches up with the technology of modern advertising, and brands are being asked to sign up and support the 6 manifestos that are in place to counteract topics such as fake news and ad fraud. ** TINA'S LINKS ** www.tinafegent.com https://www.linkedin.com/in/tina-fegent-fcips-2103573 https://twitter.com/tinafegent ** FOLLOW US ** www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com www.instagram.com/activeintworld www.twitter.com/activeintluk
16 mins
What's Next with Carl Honoré
We have a quick chat with Carl Honoré about slowing down! Carl is the voice of the Slow Movement. "In a world addicted to speed, slowness is a superpower!" ABOUT CARL HONORÉ Carl Honoré is a bestselling author, broadcaster and the global voice of the Slow Movement. His two main-stage TED Talks have racked up millions of views. His first book, In Praise of Slow, chronicles the global trend toward putting on the brakes in everything from work to food to parenting. The Financial Times said it is “to the Slow Movement what Das Kapital is to communism.” Carl’s second book, Under Pressure explores how to raise and educate children in a fast world and was hailed by Time as a “gospel of the Slow Parenting movement.” Carl’s third book, The Slow Fix, explores how to tackle complex problems in every walk of life, from health and relationships to business and politics, without falling for superficial, short-term quick fixes. Carl’s latest book, Bolder: Making The Most Of Our Longer Lives, explores ageing – how we can do it better and feel better about doing it. It’s also a spirited manifesto against ageism. Published in 35 languages, his books have landed on bestseller lists in many countries. In Praise of Slow was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and the inaugural choice for the Huffington Post Book Club. It also featured in a British TV sitcom, Argentina’s version of Big Brother and a TV commercial for the Motorola tablet. Under Pressure was shortlisted for the Writers’ Trust Award, the top prize for non-fiction in Canada. Bolder was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and a Reader’s Digest (UK) Book of the Month. Carl featured in a series for BBC Radio 4 called The Slow Coach in which he helped frazzled, over-scheduled people slow down. He also presented a television show called Frantic Family Rescue on Australia’s ABC 1. Carl is an advisor to Jack Media, which makes messaging apps, and sits on the Board of Trustees of Hewitt School in New York City.   Carl lives in London. While researching his first book on slowness he was slapped with a speeding ticket. **CARL'S LINKS** www.carlhonore.info twitter.com/carlhonore **FOLLOW US** INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - https://twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK (twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK) KARIM - https://twitter.com/karimkanji (twitter.com/karimkanji) PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
16 mins
What's Next with Duncan Stewart
This week's podcast features quickfire insights into the 'TMT Predictions 2021' report published by Deloitte. Duncan Stewart, Director of Research for Deloitte Canada and co-author of the report, gives us further insight into 3 key topics featured in the report: The continued growth of online medical services, which is providing fairer access for people living in rural parts of the world and changing the healthcare industry. The rise of women's sports and the vast market potential that advertisers can take advantage of whilst the sector is still maturing. How changing gambling laws in the USA and Canada will deliver huge growth in the North American Sports Betting industry similar to the marketplace in the UK. ----------------------------------------------------------- ABOUT DUNCAN STEWART Duncan is the Director of TMT Research for Deloitte Canada and is a globally recognized expert on predicting the future of consumer and enterprise technology, media and entertainment & telecommunications. He has been co-author of Deloitte Global Research’s annual Predictions report on trends in TMT since 2008. He meets with hundreds of the top tech, media and telecom companies globally each year, and incorporates their insights into his work. He presents regularly to companies and at conferences, has a high-profile media presence and is frequently interviewed on the future of everything. Duncan has 31 years of experience in the TMT industry. As a portfolio manager, he made investments in the tech and telecom sector, and won the Canadian Technology Fund Manager of the Year award in its inaugural year. In his time as an investor he deployed a cumulative $2 billion of capital into global TMT markets, in public and private companies. He is a CFA® charterholder and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia. --------------------------------------------------------------- **DUNCAN'S LINKS** TWITTER - https://twitter.com/dunstewart (@dunstewart) https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/insights/industry/technology/technology-media-and-telecom-predictions.html (DELOITTE 2021 REPORT ) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ **FOLLOW US** INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - https://twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK (twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK) KARIM - https://twitter.com/karimkanji (twitter.com/karimkanji) PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
14 mins
What's Next with Professor Dr Jonathan AJ Wilson
We chat with Professor Dr Jonathan AJ Wilson, Professor of Brand Strategy and Culture at Regent's University in London. We discussed how businesses can avoid tokenism in advertising & company culture and how the smart money is on embracing this watershed moment. "Avoid tokenism, hire experts!" ABOUT PROFESSOR DR JONATHAN A.J. WILSON Professor Jonathan A.J. Wilson has spent over 20 years in industry and academia as a practitioner with https://www.dundee.ac.uk/stories/halal-guru-receives-rare-degree-dundee (two doctorates) - specialising in what he calls the ABCDs of Business and Culture: Advertising, Branding, Communications, and Digital. He started his career in the late ‘90s, working in media owner and client-side advertising management roles in London – ranging from sales, sponsorship, planning and buying, to events and PR. In 2005 he moved into marketing consultancy, professional training and academia. Professor Wilson has published over 200 pieces of work, spoken at over 100 conferences across the globe and featured in LinkedIn’s annual Top Voices awards list for https://www.regents.ac.uk/news/top-voices-dr-jonathan-wilson-named-on-linkedins-annual-list (4 consecutive years). Also, having graduated from 4 different faculties, previously been an elite athlete, and worked as a professional musician and songwriter, he aims to champion the art of Science and the science of Art.   ------------------------------------------------- **DR JONATHAN A.J WILSON LINKS** Website: http://drjonwilson.com/ (drjonwilson.com) Twitter: https://twitter.com/drjonwilson (twitter.com/drjonwilson) Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/drjonwilson (www.instagram.com/drjonwilson) LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/drjonwilson/ (www.linkedin.com/in/drjonwilson) --------------------------------------------------- **FOLLOW US** INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - https://twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK (twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK) KARIM - https://twitter.com/karimkanji (twitter.com/karimkanji) PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
22 mins
What's Next with Paul Skinner
In this episode with Paul Skinner, Founder of Marketing Kind and Agency of the Future shares his thoughts on how marketing can play a more positive role in the world and how marketers have the essential qualities and skills to contribute to societal change. As businesses look to recover and rebuild, Paul discusses the importance of establishing and reconnecting with purpose, not only for shareholders but all stakeholders including employees and society on the whole. ABOUT PAUL SKINNER Paul Skinner is an award-winning strategy consultant, social entrepreneur and the author of Collaborative Advantage: How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success. He believes the paradigm of competitive advantage may now be constraining our business success rather than increasing it. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, co-founders of Ben and Jerry’s, agree, providing Paul's book with a tasty endorsement: 'Collaborative Advantage offers the perfect recipe for successful businesses that improve lives.' Paul is the founder of the social enterprise MarketingKind, which is a membership community dedicated to harnessing the power of marketing to better advance humankind. He is also the founder of the Agency of the Future, which empowers client organisations to better understand, define and mobilise around their purpose to drive sustainable growth. And he is an advisory board member at the Museum of Brands, an Expert Advisor for the Future Strategy Club and has been awarded an honorary visiting fellowship by Edge Hill University Business School.   **PAUL'S LINKS** Paul Skinner Website - www.theaof.com Paul Skinner LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/in/paul-skinner-a73b8921 Paul Skinner Twitter - https://twitter.com/iPaulSkinner (twitter.com/iPaulSkinner) Paul Skinner Book available on Amazon- https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B077QGSLNB?pf_rd_r=3VS9DXRNRH9C1H75W4KD&pf_rd_p=6e878984-68d5-4fd2-b7b3-7bc79d9c8b60&pd_rd_r=2499fc9f-5573-4c59-a962-7df3162cb333&pd_rd_w=odJFH&pd_rd_wg=3rhaq&ref_=pd_gw_unk (Collaborative Advantage: How collaboration beats competition as a strategy for success ) Marketing Kind -www.marketingkind.org Marketing Kind Twitter - https://twitter.com/BeMarketingKind (twitter.com/BeMarketingKind) Marketing Kind LinkedIn - www.linkedin.com/company/marketingkind ------------------------------------------------------------------ **FOLLOW US** INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - https://twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK (twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK) KARIM - https://twitter.com/karimkanji (twitter.com/karimkanji) PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
20 mins
What's Next with Matteo Rizzi
In this episode, Karim speaks to Matteo Rizzi, FinTech Investor. Innotribe Co-Founder, ex SWIFT, Co-Founder FinTechStage.com. Matteo talks about the benefits of hiring talent with an entrepreneurial spirit and what executives need to do to nurture in-house talent. ABOUT MATTEO RIZZI Matteo is an unconventional entrepreneur and a book author with two decades of experience in Financial Services. For three years in a row (2014-2016), Financial News has nominated Matteo as one of the "40 most influential FinTech executives in Europe". In 2008 he co-founded Innotribe, the innovation arm of SWIFT, where Matteo worked for 13 years. He also launched the Innotribe Startup Challenge, the first global deal flow of its kind. He left SWIFT in 2013. From 2013 until 2015, Matteo was a Partner in SBT Venture Capital, one of the first funds (100M USD) solely dedicated to FinTech investment (Series A), building a portfolio of 12 start-ups. In 2015, Matteo created and co-founded www.FinTechStage.com, a platform for Investors, Innovators and start-ups to foster FinTech innovation globally, with some 50+ missions and events all over the world. Matteo founded the Timepledge.org initiative, a global program helping African entrepreneurs in several business domains, from product to strategy to channels management to investors pitching. He is the author or The FinTech Revolution (EGEAN, 2016, ITA) and Talent&Rebels (HOEPLI, 2019, ENG and ITA). Recently, Matteo took the position of Executive Producer of Breaking Banks Europe (a spin-off of Breaking Banks US) available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. Matteo lives in Estoril (Portugal) speaks five languages, holds a University degree in Computer Science (University of Genova) and a Postgraduate in Financial Transactions (Solvay Business School). ------------------------------------------------------------- ** MATTEO'S LINKS** Read Matteo's book - Talents & Rebels: Dealing with Corporate Misfits Follow Matteo on Twitter - https://twitter.com/matteorizzi (@matteorizzi) Follow Matteo on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/matteorizziofficial/ (@Matteorizziofficial) Visit Matteo Rizzi's website - http://matteorizzi.me (http://matteorizzi.me) ----------------------------------------------------------------- **FOLLOW US** INSTAGRAM - www.instagram.com/activeintworld TWITTER - https://twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK (twitter.com/ActiveIntlUK) KARIM - https://twitter.com/karimkanji (twitter.com/karimkanji) PODCAST WEBSITE - www.thewhatsnextpodcast.com
19 mins