• Global Innovation Forum

    02–03November2016, London UK


Innovation takes Courage

02-03 November 2016, London UK

The 6th edition of the forum will bring together innovators, entrepreneurs and inventors to discuss the latest trends in innovation, design, creativity, R&D and new product development. You can expect a tremendous agenda, experienced speakers, key messages, global players and intense networking.


Latest innovation trends discussed. Best practices, methods and concepts of successful innovation policies.

Panel Debates

Panelists interactively sharing examples while engaging the whole audience into an open discussion.


Useful knowledge generated through a number of interactive and hands-on activities in a relaxed and playful atmosphere.

Confirmed Speakers

A mixture of well-established large corporations and fast-growing trendsetters


Field Trip

Fab Lab London

Welcome coffee & snacks

Opening by Chairperson

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics

Rethinking Interactions Keynote

Kamalini Ramdas London Business School

Entrepreneurs inside: Using your innovation compass to create your personalized career path

Sarah Fisher Johnson & Johnson

When Not to Launch a Product

Sam Horner Netflix

Roundtable discussion

Coffee Break + Demolab

Exploiting the potent intersection of Design and Technology

Craig Wightman Kinneir Dufort

Designing around insights, validating through crowdfunding

Justin Berger Firstbuild at GE

Tomorrow's innovators

Maggie Philbin Teentech (facilitator)
Teenage UK students

Lunch + Demolab

Experience Engineering: Creating magic for many, with a team of few

Amish Patel Katalyst / Former Microsoft

Redesigning Our Digital Tools

Oluwaseyi Sosanya Gravity Sketch / Former Jaguar Land Rover

Your Next Course

Ben Reade Edinburgh Food Studio

Coffee Break + Demolab

Design innovation in big data era

Paul Fu Alibaba

Opening Space to Change the World (for Good) Keynote

William Pomerantz Virgin Galactic

Closing by Chairperson

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics

Drinks Reception

Welcome coffee & snacks

Opening by Chairperson

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics

Meditate to elevate

Rakhee Vithlani Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor

DO NOT OPEN: A tale of resiliency, imagination, and the power of curiosity Keynote

Brian Robinson DreamWorks Animation

Market Research vs Research for Innovation vs Design Research

Ben Strutt Cambridge Design Partnership

Roundtable discussion

Coffee Break + Demolab

Panel Debate: Innovation trends & future challenges

Philip Reeves Stratasys (facilitator)
Marina Trani BAT
Chris Traggio Former EE
Diana Robino Mastercard
Reza Halse MSD

Branding: from global to local

Shalin Amin Uber

Design-led innovation. Why is it so difficult to introduce successful innovations?

Yasushi Kusume Ikea

Lunch + Demolab

Start-up stage winner

Diane Perlman Masschallenge

Interactive Q&A Session: Innovation Excellence at Unilever

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics (facilitator)
Christina Habib Unilever

What coca-cola has learnt from The Beatles

James Sommerville Coca-Cola

Closing by Chairperson

Tom Ellis Brand Genetics

  • Field Trip

    Fab Lab London

    Get to know the City of London's first purpose built digital fabrication workspace. Rapidly prototype your idea. Learn about digital fabrication, design, 3D printing, laser cutting, electronics, sustainability and making.

    1 Frederick’s Place, London EC2R 8AE



  • Creative Skills Workshop

    Stephanie Fastre

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    Unlock creativity, translate insights, experiment rapidly and build an effective culture

  • Body-Mind Workshop

    Gillian Ferrabee
    Cirque du Soleil Media

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    Practice exercises that open up new pathways of exploration and more original discoveries

  • Tomorrow's Innovators

    Maggie Philbin

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    Teams of teenage UK students look at problems to find a better way of doing things

  • Start-up

    Diane Perlman
    MassChallenge UK

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    Hear some of UK's most promising start-ups. Ask, discuss and vote for your favourite


A dedicated exhibition space to showcase fresh new products and breakthrough technologies

  • Bento Lab

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    A personal DNA laboratory that enables you to engage with biology and biotechnology

  • Fab Lab London

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    City of London's first purpose built digital fabrication and rapid prototyping creative workspace

  • Eat Grub

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    Bringing insects to the western palette through education, sustainability & good tasty food


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    Producing compelling, emotionally engaging, virtual reality stories


  • Standard 2000€

    Full Event Access

    *Subject to Availability

  • Full 2900€

    Full Event Access
    2 hotel nights & airport transfer
    *Subject to Availability

  • Vendor 2300€

    Full Event Access
    (agencies & solution providers)
    *Subject to Availability



6GIF Will Be Held At

5* Grange Tower Bridge Hotel

45 Prescot St, London E1 8GP, UK

The 5* Grange Tower Bridge is an impressive venue close to Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. The hotel offers luxurious guest bedrooms, a health and fitness club with 25m swimming pool, and a stunning Ajala Spa. The modern conference center is equipped with the very latest technology, including free WIFI and state-of-the-art audio-visual facilities.


Public Transport

Closest underground/tube station is Tower Hill. DLR Tower Gateway Station in close proximity. Many bus routes, including the 42, 78, 15 and RV1. Bus Stop TE/TN/TH/TA

Air Travel

Closest airport is London City Airport. Heathrow Airport is the main airport in London. Further travel information: Heathrow, Gatwick, City, Stansted, Luton

Travel Notes

Situated a short walk from Tower Hill tube station and Tower Gateway rail station

Other Hotels Nearby

Novotel Tower Bridge

10 Pepys St, London EC3N 2NR, UK
Phone: +44 20 7265 6000

DoubleTree Tower of London

7 Pepys Street, London EC3N 4AF, UK
Phone: +44 20 7709 1000

Apex City of London

1 Seething Lane, London EC3N 4AX, UK
Phone: +44 20 7702 2020


Sponsorship plays a major role in the success of our event

Participating in the Global Innovation Forum as a sponsor is a great opportunity to introduce and increase awareness of your latest products and services to an audience of dedicated and enthusiastic innovation experts. Please send us a message below if interested to get involved.

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The timeline is the pulse of everything happening at the event, bringing together tweets, photos, messages, session alerts and much more.


Everyone attending can create a profile to break the ice and connect with others. Attendees can fill a personal objective to maximize effectiveness.


Attendees can write messages and post directly to the timeline. They can also send private messages to setup meetings and connect one-on-one.


  • "This is the best innovation event of its kind - the quality of speakers, debate & delegates are the reason it's always sold out 6 months in advance. Book early if you want to get a place!"
    Director - Brand Genetics

  • "There are few conferences that attract such diverse speakers, and so many insights into the breadth of innovation practice today."
    Global Industry Expert - IBM

  • "A great opportunity to network and get insights into best practices of other companies to succeed in the area of innovation."
    IT Business Innovations - Audi

  • "Great insights into a variety of industries innovation approach's processes."
    Business Development - Under Armour

  • "I met so many fellow disrupters. I look forward to what we disrupt together in the future!"
    Open Innovation Program Manager - NASA

  • "It was the best innovation conference I ever attended, so well done!"
    Innovator - Mondelēz International

  • "An inspiring and informative event, that drew together a wide range of innovators to share innovation challenges, best practice, and war stories."
    Director - Brand Genetics

  • "A well-thought conference fostering valuable connections."
    Senior Manager Strategic Planning - Dassault Systemes

  • "Brilliantly organized and wonderful speakers. Would love to attend future events."
    TPDCG Manager - Total

  • "GIF made me feel part of a community where my challenges were shared by others and that the solutions were possible, just not yet within my reach."
    Group Shared Services Strategy @ Standard Bank

  • "Great organization, speakers, venue, additional media, etc. It really fosters creativity of individuals and brings best practices from best companies."
    R&D Senior Manager - LG

  • "Refreshing event, shaking the boundaries of multinational, inviting us to question ourselves what do we want to do tomorrow while opening frontiers to entrepreneurship."
    Manager - Philip Morris International

  • "Very good networking opportunity with amazing people."
    Head Confectioner - Nestle

  • "All the big future innovation issues will be discussed at GIF. It will set you up for the year to come!"
    Director - Brand Genetics

  • "A must in any innovator's calendar."

  • "A great conference. I thought the speakers were fantastic and the organization/set up were impressive."
    Marketing Manager - Pernod Ricard

  • "Me and my colleague found it to be an inspiring and thought provoking couple of days."
    Head of Technical Packaging - Marks & Spencer

  • "I found the conference thoroughly enjoyable, inspiring and very much food for thought!"
    Head of Packaging Development - Lucozade Ribena Suntory

  • "Very good organization, very good presentations and speakers, diversity of attendees and industries represented."
    Innovation Manager - BNP Paribas

  • "Thank you for these two days that were perfect: speakers, place, organization, the cartoonist, support team etc."
    Innovation Senior Manager - Suez Environnement

  • "The forum was a great opportunity to share a large innovation experience and meet very interesting people."
    Product Development Analyst - Amadeus

  • "I enjoyed the event a lot, met many great people and found the presentations interesting and useful."
    Senior Director Community Development - Lego

  • "I was very happy with the conference. It felt like I met the colleagues I didn’t know I had!"
    UX Director - eBay

  • "The event was very well conducted with great speakers/workshops and audience participation. I enjoyed it."
    Senior Director Business Development & Partnerships - Adidas

Previous Editions

The previous editions were an absolute success and all events were completely sold out. In total they have gathered more than 500 innovation professionals from all around the world.

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Global Innovation Forum is organized, administered and delivered by Selectiva International Ltd.

Telephone: +359 32 660 548