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November 14-16, 2022
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TMRE: The Market Research Event Speakers

See the lineup of main stage speakers who will bring global perspectives, inspire, and share new insights on the TMRE 2022 stage.

TMRE 2022 Keynotes

TMRE has a history of incredible speakers; Beth Comstock, Malcolm Gladwell, Dan Ariely, Kirti Singh, Seth Godin and many more. Our goal in selecting these important voices is to source the truth tellers, forward thinkers and great minds of our industry so that we can gain from their knowledge and expertise. This year is no different.

Stan Stanunathan, Monday, November 14th, 4:00pm

Stan Sthanunathan joined Unilever in July 2013 as Executive Vice President of Consumer & Market Insights.  As chief provocateur, he headed up the insights function globally based in London. He retired from Unilever on June 1, 2021.  

Post retirement he has started an AI/ML enabled company called i-Genie.AI focused on delivering near real time insights and ideas to help business identify Next Big Thing

Prior to joining Unilever, he was Vice President of Marketing Strategy & Insights for The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, heading up the function on a global basis.  

Some of his external affiliations include Patron and Fellow of The Market Research Society in the UK, past Board Member of The ARF, NY.  He was also the Chairman of On-Line Data Quality of ARF.  He is a regular keynote speaker in various industry conferences like ESOMAR Congress, MRS, ARF, Ilex, TMRE, IRI to name a few.  He also lectured on insights at Cambridge Judge Business School, Sloan Business School, Yale, Wharton, Emory Goizueta Business School, INSEAD, IE School of Business, University of Wisconsin.  

Stan has also co-authored a book titled AI for Marketing and Product Innovation as well as an article in HBR back in September 2016 on “Building an Insights Engine”

Dr. Poppy Crum, Tuesday, November 15th, 9:00am

Poppy Crum is the Chief Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and an Adjunct Professor at Stanford University. At Dolby, she is responsible for integrating neuroscience and sensory data science into algorithm design, technological development, and technology strategy. At Stanford, her work focuses on the impact and feedback potential of immersive environments, such as augmented and virtual reality, on neuroplasticity and learning. She is on a mission to build technologies that best leverage human physiology to enhance our experiences and how we interact with the world.

Emmitt Smith, Tuesday, November 15th, 9:45am

A respected entrepreneur, a sought-after motivational speaker, bestselling author, and one of the most valuable personal brands in the sports-entertainment field — these are just a few of the ways to describe Emmitt Smith. Smith first rose to prominence via an illustrious football career, which included three Super Bowl championships as a member of the Dallas Cowboys and the honor of being the only player to have won a Super Bowl MVP, NFL MVP, and NFL Rushing Crown in the same season.  

Susan Cain, Wednesday, November 16th, 9:15am

Susan Cain is the author of the bestsellers Quiet Journal, Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, spent eight years on The New York Times best seller list, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Cain one of its Most Creative People in Business. Her new masterpiece, Bittersweet: How Sorrow and Longing Make Us Whole, released April 5, 2022 (Crown). 

LinkedIn named Susan the 6th Top Influencer in the world. Susan partners with Malcolm Gladwell, Adam Grant and Dan Pink to curate the Next Big Idea Book Club. They donate all their proceeds to children’s literacy programs. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 40 million times, and was named by Bill Gates as one of his all-time favorite talks. 

Cain has also spoken at Google, PIXAR, the U.S. Treasury, P&G, Harvard, and West Point. She received Harvard Law School’s Celebration Award for Thought Leadership, the Toastmasters International Golden Gavel Award for Communication and Leadership, and was named one of the world’s top 50 Leadership and Management Experts by Inc. Magazine. She is an honors graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. She lives in the Hudson River Valley with her husband, two sons and golden doodle, Sophie. Visit Susan at

Stephan Gans, Wednesday, November 15th, 10:00am

Stephan is PepsiCo’s Chief Consumer Insights & Analytics officer, based in Purchase NY.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Stephan was the chief strategy officer for Interbrand North America, overseeing North American and Global practices.

Before joining Interbrand, Stephan was co-owner and CEO of the global marketing consultancy EffectiveBrands, which focused exclusively on building effective marketing organizations for global brand leaders until it was acquired by WPP in 2014.

Stephan spent the first 15 years of his career at Unilever, where he held both brand management and leadership roles in Europe and the U.S.

Stephan was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and lives with his family in Greenwich CT.