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Speakers

Conversion Conference London
etc.venues, 155 Bishopsgate, 28-29 October, 2015


Simo Ahava
Simo Ahava

Senior Data Advocate

Simo Ahava is a recognized expert on customizing web analytics and tag management solutions to improve the entire “life cycle” of data collection, processing, and reporting. His main areas of expertise lie with Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager, and Google has appointed him as a Google Developer Expert in these fields. He is especially interested in the interface between marketing and development, and his main focus is on increasing awareness, skills, and critical thinking around data.

Simo holds the position of Senior Data Advocate at Reaktor. He also writes a popular blog on all things Google Analytics and Google Tag Manager development at www.simoahava.com. An experienced speaker and prolific blogger, Simo can be seen and heard in conferences, product forums, support communities, and developer meet-ups alike.

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Tom Capper
Tom Capper

Analytics Consultant

Tom Capper is an analytics consultant at Distilled with a background in economics and econometrics, and works on projects covering CRO, SEO and measurement across a range of clients from startups through to international brands.

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Derek Gallagher
Derek Gallagher

Conversion Optimisation Manager

Derek spent ten years working in the Financial Services industry where he worked on Multinational Corporate Strategy and ran a billion euro financing portfolio. 6 years ago he moved to a startup in the Technology sector and now works with Trend Micro a global leader in I.T Security.

A firm believer that the only constant is change, Derek has spent the last 12 months working on developing a CRO culture in Trend Micro. Derek is a straight talker and has a strong view on the science of CRO vs. the business of making money. He also believes that CRO should stand for “Customer Revenue Optimisation” because in business that’s what matters.

Chris Gibbins
Chris Gibbins

Head of User Experience

Chris heads up the UX, CRO and Personalisation division at RedEye, managing a large team of UX Researchers, UX/Optimisation experts and Solutions Engineers. With a background in art and design, his passion for understanding customer behaviour and optimising digital experiences started about 10 years ago after being introduced to the fascinating field of usability and eye tracking. If he could Chris would A/B test everything!

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Karl Gilis
Karl Gilis

Co-founder

Karl is number three on the list of most influential conversion experts in the world. He’s the G in AGConsult, a Belgium-based usability and conversion optimization company. He’s been optimizing websites since 2001. Always based on user research & facts, because he’s tired of all the opinions and gut feelings in the web business. The last few years he’s been obsessed with AB-testing. Mainly because it allows him to see the impact of changes he proposes based on research. But AB-testing also made Karl humble again. Because he noticed that best practices don’t always work. And that his great ideas and solutions sometimes utterly fail. Karl teaches at several university colleges in Belgium and speaks at conferences all over the world. He’s also known as the ‘conversion comedian’. He works for clients such as Suzuki, Thomas Cook, Tui, Shell and Daikin.

Dave Gowans
Dave Gowans

Head of Conversion Optimization

Dave is the Head of Conversion at Conversion.com where he works with businesses from start-ups to $5 billion/year web giants. By using a data-driven approach to conversion optimisation, Dave and the team identify the reasons why users don’t convert and split-test innovative solutions. He has managed optimisation campaigns for blue chip companies across Europe including household names in telecoms, retail, gaming and travel. He has managed online search & recommendation projects in the gaming and television industries and has a passion for improving the online experience and maximising conversion.

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Dan Grainger
Dan Grainger

Lead Online Conversion Analyst

After several years in academia, Dan found his way into more “traditional” analytics working on valuation models to drive improvements in application decisioning at Capital One; he soon found his true calling in digital analytics and optimisation. A few roles later, covering most facets of digital analysis and conversion optimisation with various FS companies and a telco, Dan now leads the conversion analytics team at TUI (UK&I). Working in an increasingly agile setup, his team are the source of digital insight to drive forward the optimisation of TUI’s websites in the UK and Ireland (Thomson, First Choice and Falcon).

Dan’s main passion in his work is split testing/ conversion optimisation, being able to physically see improvements for the customer and the business benefits gained from peoples’ hard work. One of his current focuses is to grow this programme at TUI.

You can find out more about Dan on LinkedIn (dangraingertuigroup) – feel free to connect.

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Gareth Holder
Gareth Holder

UX Research

Gareth Holder works within UX research at Shop Direct specialising in their award winning Experimentation programme. The UX team are responsible for delivering the most engaging and innovative shopping experience to millions of customers across all devices. Gareth and his fellow UX researchers ensure that the key objectives of the business are met by continually optimising customer journeys to drive improved customer satisfaction and business performance.

Gareth and the team create data informed hypotheses which drive up to 100 challengers a month across the companies websites and generate a huge amount of knowledge around how the user navigates the websites utilising their World Class UX lab, a number of session tracking tools and guerrilla testing.

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Austin Knight
Austin Knight

UX Designer

Austin Knight is a UX Designer, speaker, and author at HubSpot in Boston, MA. He currently oversees the UX forHubSpot.com,INBOUND.com, the HubSpot Blog, and a range of additional front-end web properties and tools, which are used by more than 4 million visitors per month. Upon joining the company, he introduced Lean UX to the internal design team, setting the foundation and framework for UX across all of HubSpot’s web properties. Previously, he’s worked with teams large and small, in organizations ranging from startups to public tech companies. He also serves as a UX and IxD mentor at DesignLab and General Assembly.

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Chris McCormick
Chris McCormick

Optimisation Strategist

Chris McCormick recently took his talents to PRWD’s rapidly growing team having spent the past five years working for the UK’s largest online retailer, Shop Direct. Whilst at Shop Direct, Chris was a key player in their transformation into a pure customer-centric business, an ethos at the core of their innovative and data driven ‘test and learn’ culture which delivered on average 70 insight-driven tests across all devices and culminated in the coveted ‘Best Customer Experience in Retail’ award.

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Colin McFarland
Colin McFarland

Director, Experimentation

Colin is Director, Experimentation at Skyscanner. He leads the development of Dr Jekyll, Skyscanners in-house experimentation platform, as well as working to foster the experiment culture across the organisations 10 global offices. 

Previously, Colin led experimentation teams at Shopdirect and Rentalcars and has spoken at (amongst others) Rise Conf, Crunch Conf, Design It Build It, Lean Conf, MarTech, Spotify, and Microsoft. 

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Charles Nicholls
Charles Nicholls

SVP Product Strategy, Chair the SAP Conversion Academy

Charles Nicholls is a leading industry expert on ecommerce, web analytics, social media marketing, and online buyer behaviour. He specializes in shopping cart abandonment and email remarketing, and serves as Chair of the Conversion Academy. He has authored two books: 'Lessons Learned From The Top 10 Converting Websites' and 'In Search of Insight.' Charles is a market analyst, blogger, commentator and regular contributor to ecommerce and analytics publications including Practical eCommerce, ClickZ, CustomerThink and BusinessWeek. He is also founder and Chief Strategy Officer at shopping cart recovery company SeeWhy. Charles’ profile can be viewed here: http://www.seewhy.com/conversion-academy.htm

Luigi Reggiani
Luigi Reggiani

Head of Data Analytics

In Digital Marketing since 15 years - Luigi is today leading Commercialization Strategy for Data Analytics solutions in EMEA. Advisor to Brands & Agencies on their Digital Strategies, Luigi is also a partner to Google Product teams for development & deployment of new Analytics solutions & features.

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Paul Rouke
Paul Rouke

Founder and Director

With 17+ years of experience in the conversion optimisation industry, Paul is one of the leading figures in the industry. He is an author, international keynote speaker and revered trainer on the subject, whose real passion lies in championing industry, company and personal change.

PRWD's conversion optimisation maturity audit - www.CROmaturityaudit.com

Martijn Scheijbeler
Martijn Scheijbeler

Lead Growth, SEO & Analytics

Martijn Scheijbeler is the director of marketing at The Next Web, he’s responsible for the execution of it's marketing strategy involving: audience growth & engagement, marketing analytics, product and data across all projects related to The Next Web: Deals, Academy, Index.co & Conference.

Victor Schlegel
Victor Schlegel

Head Business Intelligence/BigData Services

Victor Schlegel began his career in Japan at Fujitsu Inc., Global Marketing Department. After further positions at T-Systems and Credit Suisse where he worked as Black Belt in efficiency projects, he took the position in the strategy department of Swisscom Inc., where he developed and rolled out analytical services.

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Bart Schutz
Bart Schutz

Chief Persuasion Officer

Coming from a family of psychologists, Bart Schutz became a... psychologist. So did his wife. After 2500+ usability tests he found out that A/B-testing is the holy grail of dialogue optimization. That one can test with a live audience what psychology professors tested in a lab. He has over 100 persuasion techniques in his wheel of persuasion, which made him the Chief Persuasion Officer at award winning Online Dialogue.

Dr. Korbinian Spann
Dr. Korbinian Spann

Global Digital Marketing

Korbinian Spann ist bei dem US Unternehmen W.L. Gore & Associates im globalen Marketing für Traffic Acquisition und Media zuständig. Zuvor war der Marketingexperte beruflich als Teamleiter bei FriendScout24 unterwegs und hat die Bereiche rund um Suchmaschinenwerbung, Suchmaschinenoptimierung und Social Media im Unternehmen koordiniert. Vorrangig hat er sich in dieser Zeit mit Performance Marketing beschäftigt. Gemeinsam mit einigen Partnerunternehmen gründete Korbinian Spann das Forum „Dating SEO“. Nebenberuflich ist Korbinian Spann als Dozent und Berater im Einsatz.

Craig Sullivan
Craig Sullivan

CEO

Optimal Visit

Craig has been blending UX, Analytics, AB Testing, Voice of Customer and Conversion Optimisation techniques for over 15 years. He's also been building teams, launching products and hacking the growth of websites for companies like Google, LOVEFiLM, Lego, John Lewis, eBay, The FT and more.
By teaching teams and companies to build and measure products differently, he helps unlock the hidden value and growth in every product. Using these approaches, his clients have found over £2Bn in incremental annual revenue in the last 5 years.
Craig lives in Blackheath, London, with his daughter and an entourage of cats and pug dogs. He likes to relax growing organic vegetables, doing the odd spot of DJing badly and reading hard boiled Crime Fiction. You can find him tweeting as @OptimiseOrDie on everything to do with Numbers, UX and Psychology.

Julius van de Laar
Julius van de Laar

Digital Media Strategist & Campaigns Consultant

Julius van de Laar is a digital media strategist and communications expert with strong campaigning experience.

He consults for politicians and political parties, non-governmental organizations and private sector corporations by providing strategic advice as they develop strategies to achieve their goals: win elections, growing and engaging their audience and shaping public opinion.

During the 2012 US Presidential election, Julius van de Laar served on President Obama's winning presidential campaign as regional GOTV director in the battleground state of Ohio. There, he focused on targeting voters and gaining supporters by combining proven campaigning strategies with the latest new media and big data tactics. In 2007 and 2008 he worked for Obama for America in nearly a dozen states and served as Missouri Youth Vote director.

Since then, van de Laar has served as a senior strategist to Germany's Social Democratic Party as well as other parties and candidates across Europe. He has consulted for major NGO's including Amnesty International, Change.org, Greenpeace, WWF and Avaaz.org, providing strategic communications advice. Van de Laar is a frequent TV and radio pundit, providing analysis on current political events, campaigning and digital communications. He lectures at conferences and universities, gives workshops and trainings on campaigning and social media and advises politicians and business leaders on strategic communications.

Theo van der Zee
Theo van der Zee

Owner

ConversionReview

Theo van der Zee has studied social and organizational psychology at the university of Utrecht. During his college years he also started a webdesign studio. Deeply interested in human behavior he then moved his focus towards conversion optimization. Currently he's performing expert website reviews as the owner of ConversionReview. You can find out more about Theo on his website –www.conversionreview.comor follow him on Twitter via @theovdzee

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Ton Wesseling
Ton Wesseling

CEO

Ton is a web analyst who became a growth hacker, an optimization lunatic and entrepreneur. He founded the biggest blog in the Netherlands on Analytics and Optimization (webanalisten.nl) and organizes many events on this subject in the Netherlands. He started well known optimization firm Online Dialogue 5 years ago and is now the CEO of Testing.Agency - your A/B-test development and management machine. His life is all about growth optimization and bare foot presentations to inspire the world how they can get more value out of their digital efforts. Connect on Twitter (@tonw) or Linkedin (tonwesseling).

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