IPA Talent and Diversity Conference 2024 (in-person)

Let's talk talent

Join us for our half day conference where experts (from both in and outside of our industry) share tried and tested solutions, take part in thought provoking debates and reveal insight into how to do things better.

Hosted by Xavier Rees, Incoming CEO of AMV BBDO Group, in this year's conference, we will be focussing on the three themes of UNITE, DISCOVER and ACT. The advertising industry spends a lot of time in competition – for new business, talent, and the latest innovations. This is our opportunity to come together as one to:

  • Learn how to develop a culture that welcomes everyone
  • Retain the talent we have
  • Represent the audiences we serve

Bookings for the in-person conference are now closed, but virtual tickets are still available.


8.30am Breakfast and networking

9.00am Welcome

  • Leila Siddiqi, Director of D&I, IPA


9.10am Keynote speech: The complexities of leading systemic change

  • Lemn Sissay, Poet, Broadcaster and Author

9:30am The power of community in driving positive societal change

  • Trevor Johnson, Head of Marketing, Global Business Solutions, EUI, TikTok
  • Benjy Kusi, Content creator and Inclusion and Wellbeing Consultant

9:55am The power of advertising to unite

  • Sarah Jenkins, COO, Saatchi & Saatchi


10.15am Learnings from the fashion industry

  • Tobi Asare, Managing Partner Head of Growth, OMD UK (moderator)
  • Jamie Gill, Executive Board Member, British Fashion Council and Founder, The Outsiders Perspective
  • Geoffrey Williams, Global Vice President of Diversity Equity & Inclusion, Burberry

10.45am The power of partnerships and progressive portrayals

  • Harjot Singh, Global Chief Strategy Officer, McCann Worldgroup & McCann (moderator)
  • Pranay Chandra, Head of Whiskey, Diageo
  • Sara Denby, Head of the UNStereotype Alliance Secretariat, UN Women
  • Sabrina Godden, Global Creative Director, Vodafone

11.15am Coffee break

11.40am Wellbeing in the workplace

  • Daniele Fiandaca, Founder, Token Man Consulting 
  • Barbara Jeffery, Co-Leader of Employee Health, McKinsey Health Institute and Partner, McKinsey & Company


12.05pm How I Became: The next evolution of leadership

  • Nishma Patel Robb, Former Senior Director, Marketing, Google UK and President, WACL and HAT

in conversation with

  • Charles Parkinson, Co-Host, How I Became
  • Ashley Samuels-McKenzie, Co-Host, How I Became

12.40pm The state of play: Trans representation

  • Michael Brown, Managing Partner, Head of Insight & Research, UK & EMEA, UM Worldwide
  • Danielle St James, Chief Executive, Not A Phase

1.05pm Closing remarks and IPA iList 2024 announcement

  • Xavier Rees, Incoming CEO, AMV BBDO Group and Chair, Talent Leadership Group 

1.15pm Lunch

Agenda is subject to change

Please contact Anya Kamineni to take advantage of our bulk ticket rates.

Last updated 01 May 2024