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IBTM World: speaker call

Who will be treading the boards in the Keynote Theatre at IBTM World when it hits Barcelona, 27-29 November?


Duncan Wardle, The Walt Disney Company

Session: Think Different

Duncan Wardle, one of the primary creative forces behind The Walt Disney Company, will lead a session as part of the ‘innovation, technology and creativity stream’ of the Knowledge Programme. 

Wardle will draw on his 25-year career at The Walt Disney Company and his experience leading a team of creative ideation consultants, to show how leveraging creative thinking can generate far reaching and unexpected business results.

Wardle was part of the team that led the delivery of EuroDisney and Disney cruises and held several roles in the company before being appointed vice -president of Innovation and Creativity. 

He is now an independent Innovation Consultant, working with companies such as Coca Cola, Ford and Johnson & Johnson.




Dex Torricke-Barton, SpaceX

Session: How technology will transform the meetings and events industry

Dex Torricke-Barton, former head of communications at SpaceX, executive communications manager at Facebook, and executive at Google will lead a session on ‘How technology will transform the meetings and events industry.’ He will take the audience into Facebook’s boardroom, Elon Musk’s open-concept cubicle, the famed Googleplex and finally to the UN itself to share his insights.

Torricke-Barton will share his experience working for one of the world’s most innovative and technology- driven brands and evaluate the emergence of societal trends, including the rise of globalisation and nationalism, and the development of technologies including VR and live-streaming, to forecast which technologies will take hold in the future.




Charlotte Pearce, Inkpact

Session: Humans of Business; why connection matters

Multi-award-winning millennial tech entrepreneur Charlotte Pearce, who has been tipped as ‘one to watch’ by Richard Branson, will draw on her background as CEO and founder of innovative technology platform, Inkpact, to present her session, exploring methods in which businesses can connect to their customers in more thoughtful and personal ways. 

Named in Forbes’ 30 under 30 and The Maserati 100, Pearce founded Inkpact in 2015 to allow companies to embed thoughtful- ness into their marketing strategies. 

Inkpact created an app to bring humans and technology closer together by allowing email campaigns to be transcribed by hand into handwritten letters with the help of freelance creatives ‘The Scribe Tribe.’