Retail Media Evangelist
Colin Lewis has worked as CMO for some of the UKs biggest brands over the last 25 years as well as having worked in Australia, France, Ireland, Singapore and China.
Colin is one of the UK’s leading experts in eCommerce, Marketplaces, and Retail Media: he ran his first eCommerce website – turning over $100m - in 2006.
Colin advises both brands and retailers in Europe on their retail media strategy. He is the author of six Best Practice reports on Retail Media, including Amazon Advertising, Walmart Connect, Target Roundel, Kroger Precision Marketing and Instacart and well as eCommerce Best Practice and Marketplaces Best Practice Reports.
Colin is a Marketing Week Magazine columnist - since 2015, as well as being a columnist for WARC with the focus on Retail Media.
He has an MBA and MSc in Marketing as well as being an Aussie passport holder having worked in Australia for eight years.
Vanessa’s experience is in start-ups. She founded Mercato in 2018 to deliver niche digital screen, automated marketing and data software solutions. Prior to Mercato, Vanessa headed up Benie software, a digital marketing software solution that powers systems for groups including Tabcorp, BUPA and News Corp.
Head of Strategy & Planning, Coles 360
I'm at my most satisfied and productive when I'm working on complex challenges with smart and passionate people.... and what excites me most is helping brands win, keep and grow their most profitable customers.
Currently Head of Strategy & Planning at Coles 360, a dedicated retail media business for one of the biggest and most trusted brands in Australia.
Sam previously spent over 20 years in a variety of roles in advertising and media holding companies, spanning strategic and agency leadership.
Head of Retail, Hatched
Simon has 25-years leadership experience in retail marketing and consulting roles spanning the UK and Australia. Specialising in retail strategy and communications. Experience includes retail transformations and building retail best practice for leading brands and retailers.
He has worked across brand portfolios for the likes of Samsung, Uber, Sony, Unilever, P&G, Diageo and Nestle. He has also worked with some of Australia and the UK’s biggest retailers including Vodafone, J Sainsbury’s, Coles, Asda, Telstra and T-Mobile.
With innovation and digital technologies reshaping business models and how retailers engage with customers, helping brands harness the power of their retail footprint has never been more important.
Today, his key focus is reimagining retail communications and how retail fits into media ecosystems.
CEO, IAB Australia
Gai Le Roy
Gai is the CEO of IAB Australia which is the peak advocacy, research & standards body representing digital media and advertising.
Gai has worked in the media industry for 30 years and in the digital ad industry since portals were cool, pop-ups were rampant and an unnamed TV exec told her that internet advertising would never be worth more than $100m.
Prior to running the IAB Gai held senior roles at Fairfax, Nielsen, ninemsn & Gateway Research.
Roger is the Senior Vice President, Business Development, CitrusAd
Roger is the Senior Vice President for Business Development at CitrusAd, across the Asia Pacific & Japan region. Previously he was the Head of Retail Media for Criteo, launching the business in Australia and New Zealand. Prior to this he was the founder and general manager of GroupM Commerce, the holding company’s specialist e-commerce and retail media business.
He brings over 20 years’ experience in building businesses and driving commercial outcomes across agency, publisher and adtech roles including NewsCorp, MediaCom, GroupM, Criteo and now at the leading retail media specialist CitrusAd.
Over the past five years, Dunn was the first person in Australia to be Amazon Advertising certified, has sat on the MFA Interactive Board, helped create the Digital Foundations Certificate program and was a judge for the ‘Creative eCommerce’ category at the 2021 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Director, CMO Advisory, PwC Australia
Dan is a Director at PwC Australia where he is a leader of PwC's CMO Advisory consulting practice. In this role, Dan works with marketers on how they can maximise effectiveness across the spectrum of marketing, while also offering strategy advice to media and entertainment businesses.
With a career background in media, over the last three years, Dan has worked with some of Australia's biggest retailers to explore the opportunity potential in their media assets, developing business cases and strategies for growth.
Dan is also the editor for PwC's annual Entertainment & Media Outlook which looks at the revenues and trends from across the industry in Australia - and for the first time provided forecasts for the retailer media sector in its 2021 edition.
Co-Founder and General Manager, Brandcrush
Teresa Aprile is the Co-Founder and General Manager of Brandcrush (acquired by Criteo in March 2023), a global leader in Omnichannel Retail Media software, powering in-store, out-of-store and online media monetization and automation for retailers.
Prior to Brandcrush, Teresa spent two decades developing leading business growth strategies in both FMCG and B2B industries. She was Head of Marketing & innovation for a Global natural foods company, and led brand strategy & communications management for the Pact Group, an innovative packaging solutions corporation based in Australia.
She has been featured in multiple retail and media publications included Progressive Grocer AdNews, Smart Company and Marketing Week.
Founder & Editor, The Martech Weekly (TMW)
Juan Mendoza is a leading marketing technology research and media company founder. He is an expert in researching digital media, marketing, data, and technology trends from a global perspective.
Juan is the CEO of The Martech Weekly (TMW), a media company that's read by leading marketing and technology executives in more than 65 countries.
TMW hosts the TMW 100, an industry-first awards program recognizing the most innovative marketing tech companies from 1st to 100th place globally. Juan also hosts the popular Making Sense of Martech podcast, which features interesting people and stories from the world of marketing and technology and is the co-founder of Big Martech, a weekly talk show with Scott Brinker (VP Platform Ecosystem, Hubspot). Juan has also advised leading brands such as Nike, Vanguard and Xero, to create MarTech strategies to drive commercial and customer experience uplift.
Co-Founder and CEO, Zitcha
With more than 20 years of experience in media and technology working across the
European, North American and Australasian markets, Troy is an entrepreneur with a vision for applying clever technology to streamline and automate media buying and advertising campaign deployment.
His first venture was social ads platform Tiger Pistol which makes social media advertising
smarter and more effective by automating ad campaigns for small to medium enterprises.
In 2022, he co-founded retail media platform Zitcha. Zitcha brings together the data and
advertising inventory of retailers, turning them into publishers.
Troy has worked on campaigns for some of the world’s biggest brands including NAB, AOL, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, The Home Depot, Pepsi, Subway, Schweppes, American Express and Village Roadshow.
Zitcha’s clients range from Aussie retailers to global retail giants. Retailers include Adore Beauty, Liquorland, First Choice, Bottlemart, Vintage Cellars, Noel Leeming and New Zealand’s biggest retail group The Warehouse Group. Brand advertisers include L’Oreal, Sennheiser, Dyson and Nestle.
Co-founder & CEO, Meiro & SheLovesData
Avid data and diversity advocate, Jana headed teams and country operations at Estee Lauder, Sybase, Sas and Socialbakers.
In 2015 she left the corporate career to start a data consultancy, soon followed by a Singapore based Customer Data Platform (CDP) tech start-up Meiro where she is the CEO. At the same time, Jana co-founded the non-profit global movement She Loves Data.
Since 2016 over 14,000 women have attended 170+ free data & tech workshops, certification programs, and webinars. She Loves Data has chapters in 17 countries on 5 continents. She Loves Data received the 2019 “Diversity Initiative Award in Asia” by Women in IT.
In 2009 & 2010 Jana was named one of the “Top 25 business women” in the Czech Republic and she is featured on the inaugural 2020 “Singapore 100 Women in Tech” list.
Jana is a volunteering mentor of a non-commercial projects for future female leaders My Odyssey & Women in Business (National University of Singapore) and she collaborates with the European Women on Boards on the C-level program. As someone with passion for uncharted territories Jana circumnavigated the world on a 38ft sailboat between 2003-2005.
WHAT THE RETAIL MEDIA COMMUNITY SAYS
Sam Hegg, Head of Strategy & Planning, Coles Media
“It’s great to see an industry event dedicated to one of the most dynamic and fascinating areas of the media and marketing landscape. Hearing from all stakeholders on their view of the future challenges and opportunities will be an afternoon well spent!”