Are you ready to explore the Art & Science of Innovation?
In 2024, we’ll be bringing together innovators, influencers and insights professionals from around the world to celebrate The Art & Science of Innovation, North American Edition in Chicago.
Join us from 16-18 June 2024 and connect with 300+ regional and international industry professionals. Immerse yourself in cutting-edge insights and game-changing strategies, marvel at innovative technologies and methodologies, and leave with actionable tips ready for immediate implementation!
The Young ESOMAR Society (YES!) Award shines a spotlight on emerging industry stars, inviting them to showcase their groundbreaking ideas in a riveting 60-second pitch to an international audience. Join us at the conference, rally behind the finalists, and ensure your voice is heard by voting for the most compelling pitch!
Your Expert Programme Committee
The high quality of the content at every conference is made possible by the hard work of the Programme Committee, who review the papers and presentations submitted to deliver the best possible insights for you.
Senior Strategy Director, Data & Analytics at TRIPTK, Netherlands
2024 Conference Committee Chair. Giulia Gasperi has over a decade of multi-disciplinary consulting experience. To her, numbers are powerful and empowering vessels of meaningful change. Leaders at VF Corp, Netflix and WeTransfer entrust her with turning intimidating data into fascinating stories, best-in-class innovations and white-space growth areas. Giulia heads up TRIPTK's data practice, which specializes in blending data with other specialisms (from semiotics to design) to deliver rich brand foundation, cultural foresight and innovation work. She's lived on 4 continents, speaks 5 languages and is an incurable sneakerhead.
VP Consumer Insights & Business Analytics at SC Johnson
25 yrs experience in Insights, Analytics & Data Science across J&J, Coca-Cola & Kantar; worked in multiple markets (USA, Thailand & India) across line/matrix environments & disparate business models (B2C, B2B & B2B2C). Originally from India and settled in America since 2010 - am a global citizen having lived in USA, Thailand & India, traveled extensively and learnt 4 languages. Exposed to diverse environments, structures & business models - line vs matrix, Global vs Local, spanning sectors across Services, CPG, Medical Devices & Surgical (B2C vs B2B/B2B2C). In my last role at J&J was recognized for modernizing the function by championing Data Insights Strategy to unlock the value of data to fuel growth. Prior to joining J&J, headed Shopper Research & Still Beverage Insights at The Coca-Cola Company.
ESOMAR Individual Member, Senior Execution Consultant at Servus Credit Union, Canada
ESOMAR Individual Member. Originally from Nigeria, Stella Igweamaka is an award-winning market and social researcher. Stella is passionate about using research and storytelling for impactful change and was recently featured in CBC News for her work with Black Canadian Women in Action (BCW) on Adultification Bias of Black Girls in Canada. Stella holds an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and currently works at Servus Credit Union as a Senior Execution Consultant where she is focused on identifying and exploring growth opportunities that align to Servus's transformational strategies and strategic plans. Prior to Servus, Stella worked with Perksy Canada as a Snr. Research Manager building the future of feedback through an immersive mobile app and leading research execution for clients. In 2022, Stella co-won the ESOMAR Research Got Talent Competition in Canada and was recently featured on the Significant Insights Global 30 under 30 list. Stella also has experience working in the not-for-profit sector partnering with Pitch Better and Canadian Women’s Foundation to conduct a nation-wide market research study for Black women entrepreneurs in Canada, which was instrumental to the Business Development Bank of Canada in helping formulate policies to enable growth for Black Women owned organizations. When she's not on the job, she enjoys swimming and indulging her love for seeing new places.
ESOMAR Committee Member, Founder & CEO at ACTNABLE AI, Kenya
ESOMAR Council Member. Dharmendra is the Founder & CEO of a Nairobi-based startup, ACTNABLE AI, and Kantar's former Regional Operations Director for West, East & Central Africa. Dharmendra is a current council member of ESOMAR and coordinator of ESOMAR’s AI Taskforce. Dharmendra is a seasoned data and insights professional with over two decades of experience in the market research industry, including over a decade in Africa. He specialises in developing tech/AI-based innovative solutions, data science and analytics to deliver strategic insights. Internationally recognized thought leader and speaker on AI's impact on Data Quality and Operational Excellence. A mentor and people person who believes in bringing out the best in others.
ESOMAR Individual Member, President and Chief Experience Officer at MESH Experience, United States
ESOMAR Individual Member. Following a marketing and advertising career, Fiona set up MESH Experience to fill a gap. MESH captures the whole customer experience – from seeing a TV ad to going in store or seeing a social post. This data provides new Experience Marketing metrics, like Share of Experience, that help clients put the customer at the heart of the organization, provide a language that unites silos and facilitates investment decisions in CX, path to purchase and marketing communications. Fiona is co-founder of Crater Lake & Co, founder of Diversity Unlimited, a Fellow of the Market Research Society, mentor for The Marketing Academy and President of the Market Research Council. As CEO of a women-owned business, Fiona is passionate in supporting an inclusive agenda.
SVP of Strategic Growth and Development at Ivy Exec
Alex serves as the SVP of Strategic Growth and Development for Ivy Exec, an InnovateMR company. As the co-founder of Ivy Exec, Alex originated Ivy Exec's entry into market research in 2012, and led its expansion into a dedicated market insights division, now serving over 300 clients in market research, technology, management consulting and financial services. Alex’s expertise is in leading new growth initiatives, sales, and business development efforts, with a focus on expanding the combined entity's B2B qualitative market research business with organizations seeking access to decision makers, industry influencers, and other traditionally hard-to-reach subject matter experts. Alex is a graduate of Duke University (BS in Biology, '06), an alum of Teach for America (New York City, '08), and a former Board Member for the Executive MBA Council, as well as a former Alumni Board Member for his high school, the NC School of Science and Mathematics.
Visa to enter the United States
Visitors seeking to attend the Art & Science of Innovation conference 2024 in Chicago may require specific travel documents. Full information on the visa policy and procedure can be found on the U.S. Department of Stat's website here https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/us-visas.html
We advise you to start the visa application as early as possible and investigate with your local American Embassy or Consulate for what documentation is necessary.
Please note that registration payment must be received before we can issue your invitation letter.