RWB 2023 SPEAKERS
VP and General Manager
Murray Lambell is General Manager of eBay UK, leading one of eBay’s biggest markets with 29 million active buyers per month and over 300,000 UK small business sellers.
Growing up with parents who grew a local business from scratch, Murray has always had a passion for helping small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed, recognising the power of the eBay platform in unlocking economic opportunity. He joined eBay Europe in 2008, starting in the loyalty and retention team before becoming the Head of Business Selling Strategy. He then held various commercial and strategy roles in the UK, and was appointed Vice President of Trading in 2017, responsible for all of eBay’s Business to Consumer and Sales & Operations activity.
Department of International Trade
Judith is an Ecommerce Specialist at the Department for International Trade, where she helps companies plan their route to market internationally and develop their global ecommerce strategies, as well as managing partnerships with some of the world’s leading ecommerce marketplaces. She has worked in a variety of roles within ecommerce for over 15 years, including at Amazon UK.
Kumaran Adithyan is a Senior Director in eBay UK’s business responsible for the Home & Garden, Electronics, Media, Parts & Accessories and Business & Industrial Verticals. Kumaran’s role covers setting the strategic direction for eBay UK’s B2C business, delivering focus category plans across product experience, inventory acquisition & optimisation and go to market plans, and the day to day to deliver of the Vertical P&Ls. Kumaran has been at eBay nearly five years and prior to eBay Kumaran started his career in strategy consulting and then ran the e-commerce business at Boots.
Head of Marketplace
As Coupang’s Head of Global Marketplace, Gerald Hoe leads the growth of Coupang’s rapidly expanding Global Seller business, focusing on sellers outside the Greater China region. Gerald’s primary objective is to enlist high calibre sellers to Coupang Marketplace thus expanding the platform’s global selection. Once onboarded, Gerald’s team ensures all sellers are fully supported with the right tools and guidance to sell more effectively.
Gerald brings a unique skillset to his position as Head of Global Marketplace through his previous experiences working with some of the brightest and most talented individuals in fintech, mobile technology, banking and consulting industries.
CEO and Co-Founder
Al Gerrie has over 20 years retail, logistics and ecommerce experience as a consultant to major brands and is former Head of Multichannel at OFFICE, Mountain Warehouse, and We Are Pentagon. Al was a very early pioneer in the mobile shopping space, launching one of the first PayPal mobile shopping experiences as early as 2007 (pre-smartphone). He is an expert in international delivery and returns, technical integrations, as well as building ecommerce fulfilment and warehousing solutions with 3rd Party logistics providers.
UK Managing Director
Colin joined Adyen from Burberry where he'd helped the iconic fashion house create its industry-leading unified commerce experience. During his 30 years in retail, he’s developed a passion for technology and the role it plays in the evolution of customer experience. As Managing Director of Adyen UK, he’s a driving force behind the growth of the UK teams acting as leader, mentor, and ‘uncle Col’ to many. In his spare time, he can be found in Lancashire with his wife, three children, and his ever-growing collection of Nike Limited Edition trainers.
VP of Sales and Marketing
Isavella is the VP of Sales and Marketing at payabl. She is a specialist in online payments, fintech and finance, working closely with ecommerce merchants to help them optimize their payments functionality. For the last 8 years, Isavella has been working with payabl., a licensed payments institution and principal member of Visa and Mastercard. Before joining payabl., she held commercial roles in financial services industry companies, including American Express.
CMO and Membership Director
Sarah provides leadership in marketing, membership experience and SME strategy to enhance the GS1 UK brand, attract, retain and grow new members, and deliver service excellence throughout the customer journey.
She has gained a wealth of experience delivering marketing led business change programmes at several diverse organisations, ranging from property consultancies in the UK to world leaders in luxury outlet retailing. She has expertise in driving customer loyalty though brand and customer engagement and has led many businesses through customer focused transformation.
Director, Strategic Partnerships - eCommerce
Ed has been running the ecommerce partnership arm of OFX since 2016, responsible for driving growth and innovation. He regularly shares his wealth of knowledge in the areas of international payments and ecommerce with sellers and partners around the world. By partnering with other leading ecommerce services, Ed is creating educational content and resources to help online sellers take their business global.
Tony leads the team at Fruugo. He has over 25 years of experience in direct and digital marketing gained at Shop Direct Group, Otto Group and at multi-channel kitchenware retailer Lakeland. For over a decade he has worked on International Business Development and the creation of new channels to market for retailers, particularly using marketplaces.
CEO and Co-Founder
Kung Fu Data
CEO and Co-Founder of Kung Fu Data, an ecommerce partner whose sole mission is to help brands thrive in China’s online marketplaces. He leads from deep in the trenches and operates a portfolio of successful flagship stores on Tmall and JD. Josh has helped hundreds of brand owners with China ecommerce launches and is a recognized expert in market entry, brand control and performance management. From strategy and structure to activation and optimisation, he teaches the fine points of what it takes to win in China’s fast moving ecommerce space.
Sales Director for Europe
Mike is the Sales Director for Europe at ShipStation. ShipStation is a web-based application that helps retailers manage their orders and optimises delivery. Mike and his team are focused on understanding their customer's unique fulfilment workflow and helping them work with ShipStation to ensure this is as efficient as possible. Join Mikes presentation or head to the ShipStation virtual booth to learn more!
Paul has worked within the payments industry for over 20 years. Originally specialising in Fraud Prevention services, Paul has been with Adyen since 2015 with a focus on commercial roles. He has recently joined the Adyen for Platforms team which focusses on supporting Platforms and Marketplaces that wish to deliver flexible secure and International payment services to their customers…simplifying the on boarding and PSD2 requirements for marketplaces, faster payouts and broad geographical coverage.
Head of Trading, UK Fashion
Jemma Tadd is Head of Trading for eBay’s UK Fashion business. Jemma leads the fashion team and is responsible for the overall trading and growth of the fashion category. Jemma has over 13 years of experience in fashion and retail, and has previously held commercial and marketing roles at Zalando and The Hut Group.
Senior Vice President of Logistics Services
Apoorva joined Jumia in 2013, and he is in charge of All Supply Chain Operations and Cross Border Business across the Group. His journey started in Nigeria, and since then he has managed a spectrum of roles in the company, such as setting a supply chain across the Jumia countries and acting CEO of Jumia Egypt from 2017 to 2019. Before joining Jumia, Apoorva gained experience in retail and e-commerce with Flipkart, Titan, Tata Steel, and Tata Chemicals in India. Apoorva holds an MBA from IIM Calcutta and an Electronics Engineering Degree from VTU in India.
Andrew Goodacre has been the CEO of Bira since 2018 and is passionate about working with the high street and supporting small businesses. Mr Goodacre has a strong background in retail and hospitality, and since taking up the role, has been integral in pushing forward independent retailers and showcasing their importance of them being at the very heart of every good high street throughout the UK and a vital part of life and the economy within local communities. He started his career in hospitality, spending 25 years working in the retail divisions of national breweries and pub companies. Andrew was also formerly a member of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) before becoming the CEO of the Residential Landlords Association in 2013.
Head of B2B Sales
After 7 years in the tourism industry, Romain Roy joined Rakuten France in 2016 as a Business Developer in order to organise and manage the new development strategy. He currently holds the position of Head of B2B Sales for Rakuten France.
Senior Manager - Fulfilment
Will leads the Fulfilment team at eBay UK, looking after the Seller experience and working closely with partners to help Sellers grow their business.
Head of Marketplaces
With more than ten years’ experience in e-commerce businesses like play.com and Rakuten, Monica joined GS1 UK in 2013 and currently leads the marketplace strategy in the UK. Her team support all members joining GS1 UK to trade on marketplaces like Amazon, eBay and Alibaba. They provide members with the support and confidence to grow their local business and expand across borders. The team also work with marketplaces to improve the seller and customer experience by improving the quality of product data.
Global Commercial SVP
Bryan Courtney Bennett is the Global Commercial SVP at Dexi. Bryan has worked in SaaS technology, specifically Data, for over 20 years. His experience is extensive across many verticals such as finance, technology, automotive, retailers and manufacturers, all from an online perspective. Over the last 4 years, Bryan’s focus has been enabling teams to deliver strategic intelligence & insight through data to Brand Manufacturers and online retailers. While delivering SaaS platforms has been a specialty of Bryan’s over the years, more recently his focus has turned to enabling brands with choice and flexibility through Data as a Service, which delivers far more control and customisation to the end users on how they leverage data.
Head of EMEA Business Development & Partnerships
Alan Small has over 10 years of experience in ecommerce, having launched his own online stores and a leading EU marketplace for students. Alan joined Wish in July 2020 to head up their EMEA Business Development & Partnership team, responsible for the growth and success of US, EMEA & LATAM merchants on Wish.
Founder & CEO
Rebecca is a highly experienced CX innovator, having worked in multiple high-profile businesses which have been at the forefront of the drive towards an eCommerce world (including, amongst others, Amazon). Rebecca has been at the centre of some major initiatives during her time at Amazon, being integral to the Amazon Prime team between 2008 and 2016.
Rebecca is passionate about all things CX and in 2020 decided to go it alone and set up Primis: a digital-first customer experience tool pioneering the next generation of CX and is now forging ahead with making sure all brands provide CX the focus it deserves.
eCommerce & Marketplaces Partnerships Director
Cristian is a partnership development expert focusing on solving process, risk and regulatory challenges at the interface of eCommerce and Payments.
He currently leads Europe eCommerce Business at OFX, a cross border payments PLC
With a background in retail ecommerce and specialising in marketplaces, Lorna joined GS1’s engagement team to use her experience in trading online to help sellers and marketplaces come together using industry standards to improve buying experiences for customers. She previously ran the marketplace operations for global retailers such as Mothercare, Early Learning Centre, Boohoo.com and most recently the shoe retailer Dune London.
Thomas is a two-time founder with Greenr.co.uk and Festovers, and ex face-to-face team for Greenpeace UK. Festovers was the first company to be specifically contracted by festivals to collect leftover waste to be upcycled and repurposed at scale. Greenr is being built as the first sustainable marketplace to quantify the impact of products purchased on the platform with real data and statistics.
Alumni of the University of East Anglia, his MSc in Climate Change and International Development gives him insight into multiple sectors’ sustainability journey, and he works closely with the Norfolk Chambers of Commerce in advising on how businesses across the region can hit their Net Zero targets.
Mike Adams OBE
Mike Adams is CEO of Purple, an organisation changing the disability conversation with business. Purple see disability as a value opportunity and Mike is leading the development of products and services which are beginning to transform the landscape across all business sectors. Purple Tuesday, created and co-ordinated by Mike, has achieved national acclaim for its contribution to changing the customer experience for disabled people, including online accessibility. Mike’s previous working track record includes being one of the senior management team at the Disability Rights Commission, Director of the National Disability Team for higher education and co-director of a disability research centre at Coventry University. Mike was awarded an OBE in 2012 for his services to disability.
Global Design Director
Delivering distinctive and long lasting identities for global FMCG brands. Growing capabilities and culture of brand design within the organisation and amongst our agency partners. Driving effectiveness and efficiency of our investments in design. Roman graduated from Moscow State University in 1998. Joined Wrigley from Coca-Cola in 2008. Promoted to Global Design Director role in Mars Petcare in 2015. Prior to Coca-Cola Roman worked at the agency side in Moscow.
International Partnership Developer
Working closely with partners and marketplace sellers across the world, Mathieu knows the ins and outs of ecommerce businesses and the challenges they face.
An expert in Cdiscount and in the French ecommerce market, he helps businesses to integrate and maximize their selling potential with Cdiscount marketplace.
Client Development Director
Lars Fiddy is the Client Development Director at Dexi, covering the EMEA and APAC regions. He has spent over 18 years working in marketing and business information solutions across retail, technology and engineering. Over the last 8 years, Lars has focused on digital transformation and eCommerce, supporting global intelligence programmes with some of the world's largest brand manufacturers and retailers. At Dexi Lars is pioneering new DaaS strategies that are revolutionising how brands, retailers and marketplaces can leverage the true power of data and unlock its limitless potential.
Author and Podcast Host
Chloë Thomas is a best selling Author, International Speaker, and host of both the Award-winning eCommerce MasterPlan AND Keep Optimising Podcasts.
Chloë is one of the Top 30 eCommerce Influencers 2021 (Scurri), and her podcasts are regularly included in lists of the top eCommerce & marketing podcasts in the world.
Chloë Thomas has been in eCommerce since 2003, and there’s barely a part of the eCommerce landscape she’s not got involved with. One thing she’s always done is solve eCommerce Marketing Problems.
Director of Consumer Intelligence
Adam Colasanto is the Director of Consumer Intelligence at Vizit. Adam came to VIZIT with more than a decade of experience leading consumer intelligence, market research and data insight teams at agencies like ICUC, Edelman Intelligence and Crimson Hexagon.
Head of Strategy
Sift and Pick
Coming from rich e-commerce backgrounds across companies like Zilingo, Reebelo and Lazada, Yan brings to Sift & Pick a wealthy experience across multiple expertise, including vendor management, market expansion and cross-border supply chains. In her free time, Yan enjoys drinking coffee and spending time with her pets, Volvo the dog and Malty the chinchilla.
Pete has over 30 years’ experience with Argos and Sainsburys with in depth knowledge across retail, ecommerce and fulfilment. Pete has a successful track record of finding innovative and effective solutions and taking these from concept to BAU at pace. Amongst other ventures he scoped, set up and then led Argos’ clearance stores and wider clearance operations; the Argos store on eBay (taking this to the first $100m equivalent turnover eBay store in Europe) and home delivery solutions for Argos in the ROI. Pete is the CEO and operational lead for Warehow.
Managing Director and Co-Founder
Darren Townsend is Managing Director and Co-founder of Locally UK. Having previously owned and managed a High Street Retail store for over 20 years, Darren recognised the barriers presented to SME's when looking to create a digital profile or begin trading online. Making technology and digital solutions accessible to all was the driving force that led to the birth of Locally UK - a small tech company putting SME's at the forefront of their developments.
Locally UK provided hyper-local marketplaces that proved to be a lifeline for so many independent businesses before and during the pandemic, opening consumers' eyes to the importance of shopping locally. Darren has built a team that not only specialise in their relevant fields, but share a passion to see independent businesses thrive in the ever changing retail landscape
Marketplace Strategic Partnerships
Zornitsa has more than 10 years of experience in the ecommerce industry. She has held various positions within Arcade Retail, instrumental to the successful launch of brands and retailers on international marketplaces – from the initial steps of opening the accounts, through making sure that all operational issues of logistics, duties, localisation, etc are sorted out to the successful trading of the products on the marketplaces. In her current position, Zornitsa’s focus is on enabling new cross-border opportunities and building strong relationships with the international marketplaces.
Drawing on his 10+ years in the ecommerce and automotive industry working with the largest OEM and Aftermarket Brands in Europe, initially as Sales Director of a multi-million aftermarket online car parts business and then as the Managing Director of marketplace specialists, We Are Pentagon, Graham is an ecommerce thought leader with a proven track record to deliver marketplace success and innovation. A member of the Deloitte Ventures Marketplace Leaders Community, Graham is well-connected within the marketplaces space, and acutely aware of its challenges and opportunities. As the CEO of Autofixa, Graham is currently on a mission to help automotive brands capitalise on the nascent digitalisation of their industry.
Team Lead Partnerships Europe
Richard Noordervliet has over 15 years of experience in sales, partnerships, and business development management roles. For the last 8 years, he has specialized in the setup and roll-out of new business lines in start and scale-ups focussing on implementing sales and partnership strategies in various verticals. Richard now heads up the EMEA partnership team at one of the fastest-growing marketplace integrators ChannelEngine, where we help brands, distributors, and retailers connect to international Marketplaces and sales channels while optimizing sales, minimizing time, and maximizing profit and reach.
We Are Pentagon
Steve has 20 years of ecommerce experience within both agency and client businesses. Steve has worked with businesses such as Apple, Argos, Sainsbury's, Tesco, John Lewis and Morrisons leading marketing, ecommerce and customer experience teams and projects. Today Steve is leading the Pentagon Commerce team to define and deliver Marketplace strategies and growth for clients leveraging the expertise of the Pentagon team and longstanding relationships with marketplaces such as eBay, Amazon, Zalando.
Managing Director and Founder
Kevin and his team specialise in all things Amazon. The best way to sell, how to get brands accepted, opening closed categories, optimising listings, building stores and content. He has worked with and set up over 500 companies on Amazon, working from start-ups with an idea to corporates. Having over 30 years in sales and marketing, Kevin has a wealth of start-up experience and with over 7 years of pure Amazon work, can advise at any level. Other experience includes founding a number of tech start-ups, selling to retail, working with multiple governments and raising VC funding.
Since founding Small Stuff in 2016, Hellen Stirling-Baker has spoken regularly about her experiences as the owner of a sustainable online and bricks and mortar business and has experience selling creating exciting multi-channel experiences. She is a champion of the local high-street and independent businesses, a vocal advocate for the introduction of genuinely eco-conscious standards across the retail sector and passionate about challenging harmful corporate greenwashing and wasteful practices throughout the supply chain.
David Friedrichs is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Cerqular, one of the largest and fastest growing sustainable marketplace platforms globally with hundreds of top verified sustainable and purpose-driven brands, tens of thousands of products and a presence in 21 countries - all within 1 year of bootstrapping.
Australian by nationality, David has decades of experience living, working and building top brands in Europe, Asia and now the US with Cerqular - a business solution to the climate change problem.
With 20 years' experience building sustainable consumer brands, across multiple continents, David experienced the huge disconnect between sustainable brands, shoppers and available platforms.
David and his Co-Founder Janine are on a mission to make sustainable, purpose-driven and circular brands the new shopping norm by making every online shopping experience 100% guilt-free.
David holds a double Bachelor's degree in Law (LLB) and Commerce from the University of Adelaide. David and the Cerqular team are based in LA, California.
Head of International
Olivier Buffon is Head of International at Faire, an online wholesale marketplace connecting 460,000 independent retailers and brands across the globe. In his role, Olivier oversees Faire's international scaling and expansion strategy. Olivier joined Faire in June 2021, bringing unique global marketplace growth experience from his prior roles. He most recently led Airbnb Experiences for EMEA and the Americas, scaling operations from a small test to a growing marketplace helping over 50,000 passionate hosts around the world connect with millions of travelers. Prior to Airbnb, Olivier launched social payments startup, Tilt, in Europe, which was later acquired by Airbnb. He also previously spent time as an operations leader at HgCapital, and as a consultant at McKinsey. Born and raised in France, Olivier now lives in the U.K., overseeing Faire's office in London.
CEO & Co-Founder
Wild & Stone
Warren Jonas is CEO and Co-Founder of Wild & Stone, whose vision is to create Eco-Luxe products that make the world a healthier planet and on a mission to remove single use items from our homes. He is focused on rapid business growth by creating a wide range of Eco-Luxe products and helping as many consumers make small eco lifestyle changes. When compounded together these changes will make a huge impact to the planets health and help reduce the climate crisis which is impacting everyone around the world.
Sanja is a digital executive, entrepreneur, investor and public speaker with extensive experience in delivering sustainable revenue growth both in multinationals and startups. All of her work is deeply rooted in her ideals of diversity, inclusion and continuous improvement.
As the CEO at UTRUST, the leading European Web3 payment platform, Sanja is currently setting the groundwork for a future where crypto payments truly become a mainstream alternative to traditional methods
Sanja served as an executive for PayPal, Vodafone, and eBay.
Sanja has an excellent track record as a public speaker, influencer and investor, having spoken about her views on progress at many international conferences, with women’s rights and inclusion as strong linchpins.
Real Time Digital Performance Director
Mars Pet Nutrition in the global data-driven marketing team in the newly created role of Global Real-Time Digital Performance lead.
Prior to joining Mars, in her last two roles, Helena was Digital Insights & Analytics leader at Bain & Co and before that Head of EMEA Omnichannel Analytics at Kimberly Clark Corp. She has lots of experience in driving digital transformation both from a consulting angle as well as from within large cooperation.
Helena is passionate about scout technology, datasets and creating smart measurements to be able to build capabilities to help businesses bring them closer to the consumer’s wants and needs in their journey at the right cost/benefit ratio. I am curious to find the right solutions and datasets to be stitched together by focusing on the business problem. She focuses on making things happen through a hands-on approach, scaling it and continuously re-iterate the solution to achieve an optimum holistic platform for companies.
Global Seller Experience Manager
Emma has been with Mirakl for the last 2.5 years and started as a Senior Business Consultant for the UK/IE & Nordics. Now Emma is the Global Seller Experience Lead for Mirakl Connect, focusing on Mirakl's high quality platform that supports sellers to easily onboard onto Mirakl Marketplaces. With over 10 years experience in retail and technology businesses in both start-ups and larger companies, Emma brings extensive B2C experience in business development, marketing and marketplace strategy. Emma carries with her hands-on knowledge on how to create revenue channels through a marketplace model based on expertise and understanding of the industry's landscape, trends and competitors within EMEA.
Head of Trading Analysis and Profit
Laura has 25 years retail experience specialising in Merchandising and supply chain across different market sectors and brands such as Paperchase, Burberry and Argos. Her career focus has always been on efficiency and selling at the right price supported by data to build forward looking forecasts. Driving multi-channel retail sales including marketplace strategy has meant she has been part of a number of transformational projects that look for cost efficiency and great customer metrics to underpin the profit potential of change.
With cross border strategy taking a shake up post Brexit managing the costs has never been so important to businesses selling overseas and Arcade supports brands who see the opportunity. With the Arcade Commercial team Laura reviews the trends in category sales and the ROI of promotional levers whilst tracking the individual cost of trading with each marketplace. This gives great insight into managing activity and what customers will be looking for from the ranges we look after as part of the sales process.
Laura also supports leadership development with individuals who are looking to charge up their careers by continuing the work she did in her corporate roles through mentoring. She feels passionately that more can be done to support up and coming leaders so they are invested in early on to find their unique styles so they can contribute to positive and productive culture within their teams and businesses.
She is responsible for expanding the cooperation network with the platform’s closest partners from the APAC region.
Dr. Angelos Katsaris
Professional Services Director
As the Professional Services Director of AVASK, Dr Angelos Katsaris has created a culture in which sees itself as a component piece of its clients rather than a distinct separate entity. At the same time, he believes one of his core missions is to unlock the potential of budding entrepreneurs. Angelos believes strongly that overseas expansion can be challenging, but when the administrative burden is lifted off an entrepreneur’s shoulders, life does become a bit easier.
David has over 30 years of marketing and commercial experience in Retail and E-commerce. Currently CEO at Barracudas and NED at UK flooring direct he has held board level roles at Maplin Electronics, JD Outdoor, Williams Medical, Bath Empire and Kingsbridge contractor insurance.
Andrew is responsible for global expansion within the Auctane family of companies in Europe, overseeing the local go to market plans for the ShipStation and ShipEngine products. Andrew has held sales and marketing leadership roles in Europe, North America and Asia over the last 25 years in VC backed, high growth technology companies including Volo and MessageLabs (acquired by Symantec). He began his career at Gartner Group in London working with European technology companies before transferring to Silicon Valley, working with the major US hardware and software vendors.
Chris has been a passionate supporter, advocate and champion of UK retail across his entire career. Prior to joining the Retail Trust, Chris was the Managing Director and Senior Vice President of Retail Week - the most influential media brand in UK retail – and the World Retail Congress, the single biggest gathering of global retail’s leadership each year. Chris led these brands, as editor in chief or more recently as MD and SVP for ten years, transforming the business from a weekly print title, into a digital-first information and global events brand that continues to sit at the heart of global retail by delivering on its mission to inform, connect and inspire the leaders that continue to colour this great sector.
Head Of Global Sales and business development
Lucy has almost 10 years end to end experience working across multichannel retailing in D2C ecommerce, distribution, international marketplace trading and strategic development for a fast-growing British brand. She now works as Head of Global Sales for Vivobarefoot, whose vision is to reconnect people and planet by creating regenerative footwear and experiences to bring people closer to nature. Vivobarefoot is a B Corporation certified business for good. B Corp are for-profit companies that use the power of business to build more inclusive and sustainable economies. These values are at the core of everything Vivo do, and everything which I personally stand by
Ventures Regional & Studio Lead
Nick is the Marketplace Studio lead for Deloitte Ventures; he runs corporate R&D experiments on how marketplaces will impact the way in which work gets done in the future. Nick and his team also research new technologies and what role marketplaces might play in those spaces, from ESG to deep tech to DAOs. Being based in Yorkshire, Nick also leads Deloitte Ventures U.K. activity across offices outside of London.
Tax Technology Solutions Manager - EMEA
Zsofia enjoys working in a fast-paced environment and leading complex software automation conversations. She has a passion helping businesses internationally with their indirect tax compliance with Avalara’s market leading tax automation solutions.
Trade & Customs Specialist
Institute of Export
A trade and customs specialist at the IOE&IT Academy, Paul has over 25 years of international trade compliance experience with a deep understanding of the global trade environment. He is also the IOE&IT’s lead international marketing tutor.
He has developed and implemented international trade controls and compliance regimes for several businesses, ranging from local SMEs to multinational corporates.
EMEA VAT Solutions Manager
Stephen joined Avalara in February 2021, as a VAT Solutions Manager, specialising in indirect tax compliance. Integral to his role is working with non-resident companies to explore VAT compliance solutions. A huge number of UK businesses are now trying to navigate the complexities of EU and global compliance, particularly with the introduction of the IOSS and Union OSS simplifications. As a compliance specialist, Stephen supports businesses to understand their VAT obligations, but also find the most suitable solutions as they expand into new markets.
We Are Pentagon
Danail studied Computer Science and Management in New Bulgarian University. Has been in every aspect of the ecommerce journey with We Are Pentagon Group and has been connected with the shaping of the Hemi technology since its creation in 2015. Currently responsible for managing Hemi's overall operations. This includes setting the overall vision and path for the platform, driving profitability, managing company organizational structure and strategy
Head of Marketing and Communication EU
Michela joins Alibaba Group in June 2020 with the goal of creating from scratch a team capable of planning and managing an integrated marketing and communication strategy for spreading the opportunities and tools of Alibaba.com, the leading platform of B2B e-commerce, in Italy and Europe, thus supporting the digitization of European SMEs.
Michela has 10 years of experience in Marketing, acquired working in various multinationals and sectors: she was Marketing & PR Manager for the German market for the Calzedonia Group, she was then in charge of defining communication in entertainment for FOX International Channels (sky), and from Berlin she was responsible for the Italian market within the Marketing and Communication strategy of Zalando, the number one fashion e-commerce player in Europe.
Head of Communications
Julia Waneka is the head of communications at Faire, a curated wholesale marketplace connecting more than 400,000 independent retailers with 60,000 emerging and established brands. Julia has nearly 15 years of experience working in strategic communications and representing established brands and start-ups. Prior to joining Faire, Julia started The Story Dept, where she worked in PR and brand consulting services for impact-based companies. She was also the head of communications at Whistle Labs, a technology company dedicated to pets that went on to be acquired by Mars Petcare.
Co-founder and Managing Director
Co-founder and Managing Director of Go Thrift, who are one of the UKs leading and fastest growing used clothing retailers. Recently featured in The Times rising stars of business series, and winner of eBays sustainable seller award, Go Thrift are on a mission to combat fast fashion pollution by making sustainable fashion choices more affordable.