Affiliate Huddle speakers
Voices from the affiliate industry
Brighton Dome | 23 April 2024
Managing Director and CEO at Affinity Global Inc.
Lavin Punjabi is an ad tech entrepreneur who is mending the broken trust between users and digital ads. He strongly believes in building ad tech products that deliver great user experience and add incremental value to the ad tech industry. He is the Co-founder, CEO and MD of Affinity – an ad tech company which creates brand and performance led products for advertisers, and yield enhancing products for publishers. Under the Affinity umbrella, he spearheads 7 businesses – VEVE, SitePlug, mCanvas, YieldSolutions, AdOpsOne, NucleusLinks and Opinary. These businesses operate globally across the US, UK, Europe, India, Indonesia, China and Brazil. He has actively been a part of the ad tech industry since 2004.
Account Director at Global Savings Group
With over 12 years of dedicated experience in the dynamic Affiliate Marketing space, I have developed a profound understanding of its intricacies and nuances. Throughout my journey, I’ve contributed to prominent global Affiliate Networks and collaborated closely with pioneering affiliates, shaping marketing landscapes along the way. My professional ethos revolves around comprehending growth avenues and overcoming business obstacles. Central to my endeavors has been the relentless pursuit of fostering impactful partnerships, driving mutual success and innovation within the industry.
Customer Success Director at impact.com
In her role as Customer Success Director at impact.com, Smita leads the
Agency customer success team that delivers world class service to impact.com
clients and agency partners.
Prior to working at impact.com, Smita had extensive global experience in the media
and advertising industry across various client management roles in EMEA, Australia
Her diverse professional background coupled with her personal experiences have
given her a unique perspective of challenges in different work environments, and she
is a passionate advocate for mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.
She is also a Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Ambassador at impact.com, where
she works alongside a global team of Ambassadors to actively cultivate a more
empathetic and inclusive workplace.
Chief Executive at Moonpull
Steve is a true industry veteran having set up and/or run networks, publishers and tech businesses in the affiliate space over more than 20 years. This experience has given him a unique perspective on the affiliate model and has led him to found Moonpull. Moonpull is helping networks, publishers, agencies and advertisers navigate the tracking issues arising from increasingly complex integrations, the requirements of legislation regarding consent and the deprecation of third party cookies.
Strategy Consultant // Board Advisor
Julia is a Strategy Advisor and Board Member for technology intermediaries, spanning partner marketing, SaaS, and marketplaces. Motivated by guiding teams to success, Julia supports companies with their strategy, go-to-market, team formation, and monetisation plans. Julia is particularly passionate about supporting great leaders and acts as a trusted advisor to the CEOs she partners with.
Julia’s experience spans nearly two decades in the performance marketing industry, across 30+ companies from startup incubators like the London Mayor’s Innovation Hub to PLCs like Uswitch and Comparethemarket. Julia is a board member of Genie Ventures and Rightcharge, and a strategic advisor to Uniqodo, Mention Me, and the National Support Network (NFP).
Most recently, Julia has been actively supporting the formation of the Affiliate & Partner Marketing Association. Julia is leading an initiative to drive progress in innovation in publisher payments and welcomes collaboration on this project from interested parties.
Global Vice President, Affiliate Marketing at Assembly Global
Christie has been running the Affiliate channel at Assembly Global for the last 12 years, building a team of 50+ employees worldwide. She launched and managed affiliate programs for several large brands over the years, including Academy Sports + Outdoors, Goodyear, Ace Hardware, American Girl, Foot Locker, Boden, and Mattress Firm. Christie has over 18 years of global on and offline marketing experience and began her career in the airline and publishing business. Christie spent several years in London running the marketing programs for multiple brands in the healthcare vertical before moving back to the US to work for Vonage.
Senior Vice President at CJ UK & Ireland
An experienced online marketing professional with over 20 years of digital and affiliate marketing experience, Linda started her career at News Group International’s marketing department, since holding various positions in the digital media and direct marketing industry, beginning her first role at CJ in 2005. As Senior Vice President of CJ UK & Ireland, Linda is responsible for the management and growth of the UK & Ireland business for CJ.
Founder & CEO of Affiliate.ai
Rob has been working in affiliate marketing for almost 20 years and is now building affiliate.ai with a mission to redefine affiliate marketing in an AI age
Strategy Director at Awin
James has worked in digital advertising and marketing for over twenty years. In his current role as Strategy Director at Awin he is focused on global AI projects. He is also senior stakeholder in Axel Springer Group AI initiatives, and an active participant in London AI machine learning, and data science and developer communities.
Head of Digital Marketing at Genie Goals – a digital marketing agency for eCommerce brands.
I specialise in taking a cross-channel view of your marketing activity across affiliate marketing, PPC and paid social.
Group Commercial Director at TopCashback
Senior Account Director at Vouchercodes
Elena has 8 years of industry experience, starting her career at Awin focusing predominantly on the Telco sector, then moving over to VoucherCodes where she’s worked closely with key partners including Virgin Media, Tesco, Amazon and TUI.
Through the years she’s also worked closely on company projects such as VoucherCodes’ browser extension, bespoke merchant campaigns and most recently a new loyalty programme.
UK Managing Director at Sovendus
I am fascinated by psychology, particularly what motivates people to act, so naturally a career in marketing was inevitable.
Across a 10-year career, I have learned much from roles in Print/Press, OOH, Digital and now more specifically, Perfomance Marketing- the holy grail for results and accountability.
As UK Managing Director for Sovendus- one of Europe’s leading checkout marketing providers- I am responsible for bringing solutions with a 16-year proven track-record in incremental results to our shores.
In a nutshell, we help business activate 1,400+ brand partnerships across Europe, through a single, simple integration.
Brand Sales & Solutions Manager at Awin
Charlie has worked at Awin for nearly 6 years now in a few different roles based in both client services and commercial, with his current role being in place to help partner advertisers of all sizes with innovative solutions such as tech partners, influencers, card linking providers, brand partnerships and more.
Head of Commercial at Broadband Genie
Chris is an experienced affiliate marketing professional with 15+ years experience in the industry working both publisher and network side.
Chris also has 8+ years of team management experience, including building and developing his own commercial team within Broadband Genie.
Customer Service Director at easyfundraising
With over 16 years of dedicated experience in the affiliate industry. For thirteen years, I contributed significantly to Quidco, and in the past three years, I’ve continued to drive innovation and excellence at easyfundraising.
My passion lies in championing the customer, ensuring that every interaction is seamless and memorable as possible. Throughout my career, I’ve been a catalyst for change, introducing innovative processes that have not only elevated internal operations but also supported industry standards.