Judges


The awards are judged by an esteemed panel of industry leaders and experts, the judging is a rigorous two-stage process including pre-scoring to determine shortlists and a judging meeting where entries are discussed and evaluated in detail to decide the winning entries.

From a transparency perspective, we may video aspects of the judging session to show at the ceremony and give entrants an insight into why a winning entry was chosen.

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We Are Search Awards Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are; Michael Bonfils, Laurent Bourelly, Roberto Croci, Motoko Hunt, Judith Lewis and Lukasz Zelezny. Find out more about our ambassadors below:
 

Michael Bonfils

Global Managing Director
Intl Media Management Corp (SEM International)

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Michael Bonfils is the Founder and CEO of SEM International, an award-winning global agency with 32 network offices worldwide. Specializing in multilingual digital marketing, they support global advertising agencies and multinational corporations with their international Digital marketing needs from PPC, SEO, Social Media, eCommerce, Content and localization services.

Michael became involved in the search industry in 1997 and since then, has been a regular industry contributor and speaker at conferences worldwide. Over his career, he has worked in-house, at a search engine and has sold his first agency in 2004. Since then, he and his agency has worked with and consulted for over 100 global brands such as Intel, HP, Activision/Blizzard, Medtronic, Mastercard, Sony and many others.

Michael has volunteered his time as a board member for a number of digital marketing organizations and has been a judge on multiple awards worldwide since 2015. He is honored to be a Search Award Ambassador and is committed to increasing its value as a premium, highly recognized award amongst the search industry.


Laurent Bourrelly

SEO Consultant
Laurent Bourrelly S.L.U

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In 1994, Laurent started working in marketing and branding. Laurent discovered the wonders of SEO in 2004, by entering a SEO contest. After three months of 24/7 SERP battling in this international competition, he got it. He knew exactly how and what to feed Google in order to help any web page rank at the top of Google SERP. It’s no miracle. If you put in the time and education over thousands of hours, you’ll eventually figure it out just as Laurent has. Like many others, Laurent cut his teeth mastering both black and white hat SEO techniques, adapting and evolving during each google algorithm update to keep himself at the bleeding edge of best practices right up to this very day. Bringing back his knowledge about branding and marketing into the SEO mix became obvious around 2010.

Today, Laurent is one of the very few who can go from high-class Content Marketing to Black Hat SEO while building a strong Semantic SEO main pillar. He took out of the equation all the question marks, leaving only one single question « do you have the means to reach your goals ? » Some other notable achievements include his dozens of industry speeches including TEDx and SMX as well as his positions on as a Head Judge of the European Search Awards, and regular judged for many others. His thought leadership within the SEO community is well renowned from co-forming the notorious ‘DarkSEOTeam’ back in his black hat days, to being awarded third place for ‘All Time Best SEO in France’. The latest adventure is called SEO Conspiracy, which you can find on all the good places Online. It’s all about debunking SEO myths and Google Propaganda, but also helping out by sharing the right strategies to deliver results in SEO and Digital Marketing. Laurent now focuses his time mainly on consulting and has trained numerous SEO professionals, amongst the best in their fields.


Roberto Croci

Managing Director
Microsoft for Startups MEA

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Roberto Croci joined Microsoft for Startups team with a wide range of knowledge, having previously worked as the Google Regional head for (EMEA) Emerging Markets (Middle East, Turkey, Israel, Russia, Africa) where he helped businesses by building & mentoring teams that could successfully penetrate new markets and ensure sustainable revenue growth.

As a natural born leader, he is passionate about business, people and their growth and has more than 15 years’ experience in various industries – ranging from digital marketing, ad-tech to sales.

He will be integral as the Regional Managing director at Microsoft for startups Middle East, in helping startups achieve their goals and build successful businesses by promoting their tech solutions through digital and social campaigns, opening up the right opportunities for growth, customizing a market plan to maximize joint marketing with Microsoft and providing a targeted industry co-marketing and account planning.

He has specialized in leadership development as a Harvard Business School graduate
and has a proven track-record of creating successful teams and growing businesses in unpredictable environments.

He is passionate about Entrepreneurship and is one of the Partners at Strowlers Ventures, a micro VC-fund which invests in international startups mainly founded by top-tier MBAs.


Motoko Hunt

President, Int’l Search Marketing Consultant
AJPR

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Motoko has been providing the online marketing services targeting Japan, Asia, and other markets to companies from around the world for since the mid ’90s. Her search marketing consulting services with her extensive knowledge of Asia and Japanese market have been highly valued and made a big impact on some of the world’s popular multi-national brands’ search marketing campaigns.

A number of her articles have been published on industry websites and printed media. She also writes about the Search Marketing and SEO on her blog and other websites. She is a frequent speaker at the search marketing conferences globally and gives seminars and training about International search marketing, In-House SEO, and Enterprise SEO. In 2014, she received the Best Consulting Awards from the US Search Awards.


Judith Lewis

Founder & CEO
deCabbit

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Judith Lewis is the founder of the deCabbit Consultancy specialising in integrated digital marketing consultancy and execution. She is a specialist integrated online marketer with skills in SEO, PPC, and Social Media Marketing as well as other digital marketing techniques. She has been doing SEO since before it had a name and has worked both in-house and agency-side. She has judged both UK & European Search Awards, is a founding everywoman Modern Muse and is the coordinator for London Girl Geek Dinners.

Having both an in-house and agency background, her clients have included Google, Virgin, NSPCC, Zopa, Slendertone, the Guggenheim, SAP, Amadeus, Blue Cross, & ShareThis. She works from planning through to execution, integrating her digital expertise through research & analysis, design & build through to deployment. Judith writes for the SEO Chicks and Mostly About Chocolate as well as the Huffington Post. She speaks at various conferences around the world and is passionate about teaching and helping businesses large and small (as well as chocolate).


Lukasz Zelezny

SEO Consultant
Website

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Lukasz Zelezny, UK Search Awards judge, Top10 UK Social Media influencer and former director of organic performance at uSwitch / Zoopla. Currently is working as an independent SEO Consultant helping in organic traffic acquisition, technical SEO and content marketing.

Lukasz started his career in 2005 and has since been responsible for the organic performance of a number of companies including HomeAway, Thomson Reuters, The Digital Property Group, Fleetway Travel, uSwitch, Zoopla.

Each year Lukasz is speaking at many SEO and social media conferences. He was a speaker at ClickZ Shanghai China, ClickZ Jakarta Indonesia, SiMGA Malta, SES London as well as Marketing Festival in Brno, Brighton SEO in Brighton and UnGagged in London. Every year he is actively participating in 10 to 20 events as an SEO/Social Media keynote speaker. Additionally, he organizes workshops and meetups where he is sharing tips around SEO, Social Media and Analytics.

 
 
 


Judges

Azeem Ahmad | Digital Marketing Lead | Azeem Digital

Azeem has spent several years working in the industry, beginning in a paid search focused role before moving into a multi-channel specialism. He is experienced in various aspects of online marketing activity, including PPC, Social Media, Display, Programmatic, App Marketing and SEO. He has previously spoken at conferences internationally, and runs a monthly newsletter called "The Marginalised Marketer" and also hosts his own podcast too called "Azeem Digital Asks".

Dawn Anderson | Founder | Bertey Ltd

Dawn Anderson lectures on search and digital marketing strategy at Manchester Metropolitan University, is an international conference speaker (UK, US, AUS, IT), a trainer, and runs a digital marketing and international SEO consultancy agency, Bertey based in Manchester, UK. Dawn has spoken at some of the leading UK and global search marketing conferences, including Pubcon (Las Vegas and Florida), SASCON (Manchester, UK), European Search Conference (Liverpool, UK), Search Leeds (Leeds, UK), Brighton SEO (Brighton, UK), SMX London (London, UK), SMX East (San Jose, US), Ungagged London (London, UK), Ungagged Las Vegas (Las Vegas, US), MozCon (Seattle, US) and State of Search (Dallas, US). Dawn has also spoken at conference across Europe and as far afield as Australia. Dawn has been in digital marketing and SEO for 12+ years and works with leading brands providing digital marketing and SEO strategy and consultancy across a number of sectors. She is a Northern Digital, UK, EU and US Search Awards Judge. Dawn also contributes to leading search marketing industry publications such as Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal, The SEMPost, State of Digital and Smart Insights. Dawn also supervises Masters dissertation students undertaking their MSc in digital marketing strategy at Manchester Metropolitan University and also lectures and undertakes workshops on search and marketing analytics teaching International Fashion Promotion students at Manchester Fashion Institute

Nick Andrews | Senior Search Manager | Marks & Spencer

Nick Andrews is the Senior Search Manager for the UK's largest department store, Marks and Spencer (M&S). Nick currently manages all SEO and PPC activity at M&S and has previously held positions as both SEO Manager and PPC Manager at Debenhams and Head of SEO at 2 UK digital marketing agencies. With over a decade's experience in search marketing, Nick brings a wealth of experience to the European Search Awards. Nick is a long-time supporter of the industry awards having sat on the European Search Awards judging panel for several years, along with the UK Search Awards.

Carlotta Bonafini | SEO product owner | Vodafone

Carlotta is leading the SEO team at Vodafone UK, where she is overseeing the development of their new digital strategy. She started her professional career in the marketing field working for Expedia in the search department. She directed many regional projects before moving into a global position where her initiatives created outstanding results whilst pioneering new processes. She supervised both creative campaigns and technical projects, and launched many impactful ideas. Carlotta graduated from London Metropolitan University and Milan Catholic University and has been living in London for over 9 years. Passionate about high-tech, she is working on improving her coding skills and is always eager to expand her technical knowledge.

Adriaan Boot | Founder | Impactful

Adriaan has founded his agency, Impactful Online Marketing, and helps his clients on their paid marketing campaigns on search and social media platforms. He loves spending and earning money for his clients and making the business impact measurable through Google Analytics. In the past few years Adriaan has worked on the Google Ads campaigns of big online brands like YourSurprise.com, Vergelijk.nl, SnappCar, Daikin and Freelance.nl. This helped in being honored by Google with the Google Premier Partner status.

Miklós Breitner | SENIOR ONLINE MARKETING PROFESSIONAL

Miklós is a senior online marketing professional with over 15 years experience in digital marketing. He gained extensive experience on both marketer (Sanofi, UPC, Citibank) and agency side (Carnation Group, a WPP company) in various leading positions. He is the Founder & CEO of Golf Business Monitor (www.golfbusinessmonitor.com), the world #1 B2B golf business blog since 2009 which covers the latest business challenges and initiatives of the golf industry focusing on golf club management and marketing, golf tourism and golf equipment.

Shauni Burt | SEO Specialist & Consultant

Shauni is an independent SEO specialist, having spent the previous 9 years in non-profit, client-side and agency roles, she is now in the process of launching her own Search consultancy. Shauni started her career in PR and digital marketing, gaining a wide range of experience in social, content, and search marketing before transitioning to the technical side of search. Now, Shauni specialises in technical and on-page SEO and is an expert in increasing the online visibility of brands. Throughout her career Shauni has delivered SEO strategy to companies ranging from SMB’s and SME’s to international and corporate brands. She lives and breathes all things SEO and is passionate about bridging collaboration between SEO’s and website developers. Shauni is an advocate for the SEO community and is a proud mentor for the Women in Tech SEO group.

Patrick C.Price | CEO | Idealizer

Patrick C. Price is a longtime SEO pioneer. After having led the Swiss marketing operations one of Europe's leading online classifieds marketplaces for 7 years, Patrick decided to share his knowledge on a wider basis and founded Zurich based SEO consulting agency Idealizer, which later became the European headquarters of BlueGlass Interactive (a multiple EU search awards winning agency) with offices in London, Zurich and Tallinn. After a management buyout, Patrick went on to found www.vergleiche.ch a Swiss Consumer-Information-Portal and Google CSS access provider. Patrick has been an active player in the SEO industry since 2003.

Montserrat Cano | Digital Marketing, eCommerce and Project Management Consultant

Montserrat Cano is a seasoned, all-round digital marketer and project manager who specialises in integrating the digital marketing areas to maximise marketing and business results. Having started in SEO and content almost back in the dark ages of digital, her core skill is SEO, as well as PPC,CRM/ email and social media strategy and execution. Her focus and passion is on solving issues and building internal processes to handle and prevent them using data. Being bilingual English-Spanish, she has worked with brands operating in the UK and internationally in a range of niches, such as ecommerce, legal, membership, public sector, technology or publishing. She has also spoken at the eCommerce Expo and Measurecamp. In her spare time, she mentors other SEO/ digital professionals to help make the industry stronger.

Phillip Crothers | Head of SEO & Performance Content | Starcom Performics

Phil is Head of SEO & Performance Content at Starcom Performics, part of the Publicis Media Groupe, leading a global team who work with brands such as Samsung, Proctor & Gamble, and Domino's. Having 10+ years’ experience in content, SEO, and web design, his primary focus is helping organisations understand how consumer insights can inform their content decisions and how that content can be accountable to brand spend.

Arianne Donoghue | Founder | Tempest Marketing

A veteran of 14 years’ experience in the industry, Arianne has worked for some of the UK best-known agencies and most-loved brands. She's passionate about helping teams and businesses do the best work they can, through driving strategy, integration and inclusion. Arianne now runs her own small consultancy where she helps agencies and brands maximise their potential.

Clare Dyckhoff | SEO Content Lead | MyTutor.co.uk

Clare has made it her mission to connect with users through content for over 6 years. Starting out in freelance journalism & PR, she is now the SEO Lead at the UK’s leading online tutoring platform, MyTutor. Clare joined the exhilarating world of in-house life after leading SEO content strategy, outreach, and copywriting at award-winning media agency Manning Gottlieb for some of the most well loved brands across 8 industries, for nearly five years. A keen presenter, she has spoken at the IAB on SEO and PR and gave a guest lecture on SEO and Fashion at the London College of Fashion. With an MA in Poetry, in pre-covid times, Clare ran London-based poetry nights for charity and content strategy for UN Women UK’s social channels. She is delighted to be joining the European Search Awards judging panel.

David Edmundson-Bird | PRINCIPAL LECTURER IN DIGITAL MARKETING & ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: DIGITAL INNOVATION | MMU

David is Principal Lecturer in Digital Marketing & Enterprise at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he runs a number of digital communications programmes, and is also the Associate Director for Digital Innovation. He is Course Leader for Manchester Met’s full-time MSc Digital Marketing Communications. He also set up their first part-time MSc in Digital Marketing in 2007, a programme that has now graduated nearly 300 high-profile professionals into the profession. David founded Manchester Met’s Agency Life programme 5 years ago to enable students experience live work skills in the workplace very early in their course. He has enjoyed several spells in academia as well as senior management roles in the digital sector, and even helped to set up Manchester’s second web design agency back in 1995.

Amanda Farley | VP of Growth | Aimclear

Amanda Farley is a marketer, performance strategist, and business success leader. She is VP of Growth at Aimclear®, a highly decorated, integrated marketing agency dominant in customer acquisition and winner of 17 US Search Awards including 5X most recent Best Integrated Agency. Aimclear's differentiator is the balance of holistic brand-builds, PR, data, and integrated performance marketing. Amanda’s experience includes 11+ years as Managing Partner running a 20-person integrated team which achieved national recognition. Her B2B and B2C marketing leadership experience runs deep in healthcare, professional services, ecommerce, and global IoT (smart homes, smart cities, smart cars, etc.). Her expertise extends international agriculture, food conglomerates, influencer driven ecommerce sales, automotive aftermarket diagnostic tooling and electric vehicle charging systems, finance, major non-profits, and other verticals.

Gianluca Fiorelli | SEO & Web Marketing Strategist

Gianluca Fiorelli started working as an SEO in 2004, after previously having worked in the Italian TV and Audiovisual industry. Amongst the best known International and Strategic SEO consultants, Gianluca helps and helped brands like Iberostar.com, Glassdoor, Outsystems, ActivTrades, Magoosh, Go Overseas and many others to reach the sought success in organic search. Gianluca, who is also the founder of The Inbounder digital marketing conference, spoke at international events like Mozcon, BrightonSEO, SMX, and PubCon. You can find Gianluca on Twitter as gfiorelli1 (https://twitter.com/gfiorelli1) or contacting him at https://www.iloveseo.net.

Pawel Gontarek | Freelance SEO | Freelance SEO

Pawel has been involved in the life of the SEO community for over 15 years. He graduated from the Warsaw University of Technology, Kozminski University and the University of Social Sciences and Humanities. As part of his work, which is also his great passion, he organizes numerous training sessions and consultations with SEO industry. Since 2010, he runs the SEO ZGRED blog, where he shares his knowledge in the field of SEO and SEM. He has worked and works for many companies, private and state institutions, small and big e-commerce sites especially as an external SEO consultant.

Richard Gregory | Founder | Agency NXD

Richard is chairman of tech companies Ruler Analytics and Ash.tv, non-exec director of Fluid Digital and co-founder of SAScon - a digital marketing conference. Heralding from “Silicon Ramsbottom” he is an ardent supporter of the digital and tech industry in the North of England. Previously, Richard was the managing director of digital agency Latitude, director of Tech North and Manchester Digital council member. With 20 years of digital expertise, Richard now advises agencies and start-ups on marketing and growth strategies.

Neil Hardy | Commercial & Product Director | SHEARINGS LEISURE GROUP

Bill Hartzer | SEO Consultant

Bill Hartzer is an independent SEO Consultant. He relies on his 20 years of direct SEO experience to provide technical SEO audits of websites, as well as technical link audits and link cleanups of websites. Mr. Hartzer is known worldwide for his research on the topic of search engine optimization and the New gTLD domain names, as well as Dot Brand domain names. He provides research and marketing of white papers and case studies related to the New gTLDs, as well as consulting related to domain migrations.

Joakim Hedström | Team Leader SEO & Analytics | Bauhaus

Joakim is the Team Leader of SEO & Analytics at BAUHAUS and has years of experience within digital marketing, SEO and web analytics. In his current position he is responsible for BAUHAUS SEO strategy and data gathering processes. He has a proven track record of improving online traffic and making BAUHAUS.se one of the largest eCommerce sites in Sweden. He also have experience from other judging panels focusing on digital marketing

Dr Aleksej Heinze | KEDGE Business School | Associate Professor

His area of expertise is the use of digital marketing channels in an international context. This work is compiled in the collaborative book - Digital and Social Media Marketing: A Results-Driven Approach, which includes contributions from 20 authors from 6 European countries. Aleksej has a breadth of experience of leading multinational project teams, most recently, on the Joint European Masters in Digital and Social Media Marketing (JEMSS) project. JEMSS aims to develop a series of resources in Digital and Social Media Marketing http://mastersindigitalmarketing.org including the #passion4digital community.

Arnout Hellemans | Senior Online Strategist | OnlineMarkethink

Arnout Hellemans has been working as a freelance SEO and PPC consultant for over more than a decade. He has consulted for large multinational corporations like LeasePlan as well as big insurance and financial companies like the RBS and Achmea. Apart from that he has been heavily involved in the marketing strategy for babysitting platform Sitly. He has also been training and speaking at events like SMX, Ungagged, InOrbit and Digital Elite Day. He works all over Europe but his homebase is Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Find him on twitter at @hellemans.

William Hollingworth | Senior SEO Digital Marketing Consultant | Hollingworth Digital Consulting

William is an experienced digital marketer with 8 years of SEO, CRO and Web Management as main competence. Currently working as a freelancer on his own company. With clients such as FirstVet, McDonald’s and Haypp Group. Previously responsible for Nordnet’s SEO and CRO in the Nordic countries. Before that he has worked as an consultant and Head of SEO. He has experience from most verticals and has as well experience from judging sessions and board member in digital marketing schools.

Meyrick Irving | Head of Biddable Media | Vodafone

Meyrick Irving has been working in Digital Marketing and particularly Biddable Media for over 12 years across some of the UK’s Biggest agencies and having worked heavily in the Retail, Automotive, travel and fashion industry for performance clients. His previous background in running an IT company provided a deep-seated interest in all things digital which continues to this day. Meyrick is currently working client side in the telecoms sector where he has been supporting in-housing projects.

Jonathan Jones | VP of SEO | Forbes

Jonathan Jones is the VP of SEO at Forbes and has over 13 years working in the SEO industry. He is the co-author of the book ‘Mastering In-House SEO’ alongside 26 other brilliant co-authors. He has a computer science background, runs his own online businesses, and is an entrepreneurial mindset. Prior to working at Forbes, Jonathan worked at MoneySuperMarket, where the team won ‘Best In-House Team’ three times at the EU Search Awards in 2016, 2017, and 2018 and also at the UK Search Awards in 2015. Prior to this, he has worked on major national and international sites such as Toyota, NatWest/RBS, John Freida, Sage, Unum, & more. To get in touch with Jonathan, go to MrJonathanJones.com.

Lada Kalashnickova | Head of SEO | CopyBet UK Ltd

Lada has worked in digital marketing since 2003. She specializes in all aspects of Search Engine Optimization (SEO), with a focus on technical SEO, multilingual search and mobile optimization. Her clients have included Starco, Action-MCFR, and Artec 3D. Lada worked as a Global Head of SEO in Acronis, then she was a Head of SEO at SEMRush. Lada now works as the Head of SEO/ASO in CopyBet, the first social betting platform founded in 2015. CopyBet is a fast-growing tech company, focused on providing the best experience for their customers while following the principles of Transparency and Fair Trade. Lada enjoys lifetime studying; most recently on topics around data, Artificial Intelligence, and Machine Learning. Her favorite tools are Excel, GWT, GA, Yandex Metrica and brains. Outside of work, she enjoys travelling, yoga, and Japanese Art. Definitely a cat person.

Erik Krogh | Head of Performance Marketing | DnB

Erik is the Head of Performance Marketing at DNB, one of the largest financial services groups in the Nordics. Together with the in-house performance marketing team, he manages the companies digital marketing activities across all channels. With his ten years of experience in digital marketing, from both agency and client-side, Erik has gained a lot of experience from verticals including retail, travel and finance

Daniel Larsson | WEB STRATEGIST AND SEO GURU | PwC

Daniel has worked for more than 26 years with online marketing, traffic growth and conversions. He is responsible for www.pwc.se in Sweden including SEO and Google Ads. He runs his own SEO-company expandtalk.se with blog PBN-network and has worked with several of Swedens biggest websites and e-commerce projects with performance marketing, Google Ads, KPI:s, analytics and technical SEO at several digital agencies and inhouse at PwC. He is also a jury member in Nordic Search Awards.

Trond Lyngbo | Senior SEO Consultant | Search Planet AS

Trond Lyngbø is the founder of Search Planet and a senior SEO Consultant. He has over two decades of experience in SEO, e-commerce, content strategy and digital analysis. His clients include multinational Fortune 500 corporations and major Norwegian companies. Trond has helped grow businesses through more effective search marketing and SEO strategies. He is most passionate about working with e-commerce companies and web shops to develop and expand their omni-channel marketing initiatives.

Carla Marshall | Head of Content Marketing | vidIQ

Carla Marshall is the Head of Content Marketing at YouTube analytics platform vidIQ. She has 10+ years of experience in video marketing, social media management, content marketing, DRM, and SEO. She was previously Editor in Chief at ReelSEO.com and TubularInsights.com, and the Community Manager for the ReelSEO YouTube Channel. She is YouTube Certified and a judge for the UK, US, and EU Search Awards.

Krzysztof Marzec | Managing Director, Certified Trainer Google AdWords | Deva Group

CEO at DevaGroup, an agency with the title of Google Premier Partner and Google Rising Star. SEO, Google Ads & Analytics Trainer. Trained the best agencies and media houses directly for Google. Author of two books, over hundreds of articles and highly rated online courses. Lecturer at Jagiellonian University and the Tischner European University. Speaker at dozens of conferences, winning best presentation and audience awards. Founder and organizer of semKRK, barcamp gathering up to 500 participants of the SEM industry. He worked for such brands as Allegro.pl, Neo24, Shoper.pl, Conrad.pl, Interia.pl, RMF Group and Bauer Publishing. 2020 winner at Ads & Analytics day at the largest marketing event in Poland - I Love Marketing conference.

Rumyana Miteva | Head of Search | Secret Escapes

Rumyana is an experienced digital marketer with a great passion for the Travel industry. As Head of Performance & Revenue, she is leading a team of Paid Search, SEO and Social Media specialists. Prior to joining Secret Escapes, she has helped several other Ecommerce & Travel brands grow their online presence. Rumyana is a regular conference speaker on topics such as Machine Learning, Automation and Performance Marketing Best Practices.

Xavier Naudeau | Consultant

Xavier is a digital data-driven consultant who thrives on understanding consumers' behaviour to optimize their Search Journey through Digital. After ten years of combined experience between SEO, Web Analytics and Data, he now works within Business Intelligence at Philip Morris International to provide critical insights on consumer performance for smoke-free future campaigns.

Luis Navarrete Gomez | Global Head of Digital Marketing - Sr Director | Liberty Latin America

Alexander Öqvist | SEO Specialist

Alexander is an experienced SEO Specialist with broad experience within the digital marketing area. Alexander has over 10 years’ experience in SEO, SEM and Digital Marketing from some of the best-know performance marketing agencies in Sweden. He also has experience from in-house within e-commerce and finance. He also has experience from other judging panels within SEO and SEM across the Nordics.

Anna Oshkalo | Performance Marketing Lead | Ericsson

Anna is a digital marketer with over ten years of experience in competitive segments like technology, gaming and retail. Having lived in Russia and the Netherlands, Anna is currently based in Sweden and works as Performance Marketing Lead at Ericsson. In this role she is mainly focused on global SEO and PPC performance, developing and modernizing Ericsson’s martech stack, creating global processes and coaching dozens of colleagues in marketing teams around the globe.

Gustavo Pelogia | SEO Lead | Teamwork

Gus Pelogia is a former journalist turned SEO, conference speaker, and once-in-a-while blogger. He is currently the SEO Lead at Teamwork, a project management SaaS used by companies like Netflix, PayPal, Disney, and more. Prior to this, Gus worked both in-house and at digital agencies in Argentina, Netherlands, and Ireland. He spent 5 years as an Account Manager and Team Lead at agencies such as Spark Foundry and Wolfgang Digital, working with clients from travel, e-commerce, and professional services, winning several industry awards.

Tomasz Pepa | Independent Google Ads and Analytics Specialist

Tomasz is a digital marketer with 16 years of experience in the broadly understood IT industry. Over the past few years, he has been working mainly as a freelancer, helping clients in achieving better results from Google Ads campaigns. During his career he has worked as a programmer, data warehouse engineer, IT project manager, trainer and data analyst. He particularly enjoys experimenting with data and resolving technical issues related to data collection.

Andrea Pernici | CTO | 3BMETEO.COM |

Chief Technology Officer at 3bmeteo.com, one of the main weather italian website, and at Search On Media Group, which organizes the Web Marketing Festival and owns the biggest italian community on Digital Marketing.

Polly Pospolova | Digital Marketing Director | Delete Agency

Polly is the Delete agency’s digital marketing director. She works with SEO consultants, PPC managers, content & PR consultants, and technical developers. Polly works on digital strategies and solutions for major brands in sectors including higher education, sport, property, travel and more. She is also a search marketing conference speaker on SEO, page speed and performance and digital marketing.

Omi Sido | Head of SEO | Canon Europe

Omi Sido is an SEO and Web Development professional with 6 years of experience in both web and traditional advertising, promotions, events, and campaigns. He has worked on integrated campaigns for major clients such as Vectone Mobile, Delight Mobile and The Global Real Estate Institute and Daily Mail. Currently, Omi Sido is Senior Technical SEO at Canon Europe.

Aleyda Solis | International SEO Consultant | Orainti

Aleyda Solis is an International SEO Consultant and founder of Orainti -a highly specialized, boutique SEO consultancy-, blogger (Search Engine Land, Search Engine Journal and Moz), speaker (with more than 100 conferences in 20 countries in English and Spanish: Inbound, MozCon, Pubcon, BrightonSEO, SearchLove, etc.), author (of "SEO, Las Claves Esenciales"), who also offers actionable SEO tips in her weekly YouTube video series "Crawling Mondays". Aleyda has been awarded as the European Search Personality of the Year in 2018, included in Forbes top 10 online marketing experts to follow, in Hubspot as one of the 59 Female Marketing and Growth Experts You Should be Following, has also been interviewed in publications such as The Huffington Post and contributed for Think With Google.

Martyna Sroka - Lalewicz | Lead SEO Strategist | Direct Line Group

Martyna Sroka-Lalewicz – Martyna is a lead SEO strategist at DLG – a leading FTSE 1000 multi-brand insurer. She has a decade of experience in SEO. Martyna worked in the top London agencies (Arena Media, Havas Media Group and the Dentsu Aegis Network.) driving value and innovation for clients across Travel, Finance and Automotive verticals. Since then she moved in-house into the competitive finance industry. She enjoys complex SEO projects, focusing on incremental gains and implementing quick ROI wins. In her free time, Martyna blogs at moneysavinggirl.co.uk & myhealthyaddictions.com, she is also a keen motorcyclist.

Alexandra Tachalova | Digital Marketing Consultant

Alexandra is a frequent speaker and founder of the digital marketing conference, DigitalOlympus.net. She also helps clients with digital PR, content marketing, and link building. Besides that, she regularly contributes to leading digital marketing blogs, including Moz, SEJ, Salesforce, SMExaminer, and many others.

Rebecca Todd | SEO Consultant & Speaker

Rebecca is an independent SEO Consultant based in the UK. She has been working with brands all over the world since 2014, including Ryman, MyProtein, Wix, Glade, Sacla', and more. As well as being an advocate of women in tech, Rebecca is passionate about making SEO more accessible. So, her published articles and conference talks are all about encouraging web owners, marketers, and junior SEOs to grow their websites and their confidence quickly and easily. She is also fascinated by the psychology and semantics of search, which are the foundations of her work as an SEO consultant.

Emily Van Lierop | Global Head of Digital Operations | Volkswagen – PHD Global

Emily leads Digital Operations globally for Volkswagen at PHD, guiding the strategic and digital excellence of 27 in-market digital teams for this leading auto manufacturer. Emily cut her Digital teeth in start-ups, spending three years in marketing for two ‘web 2.0’ start-ups, before moving agency-side to hone her performance marketing skills. Since then, she’s spent the last ten years gaining experience in top London agencies (Publicis’ Starcom & Mediavest, Dentsu’s iProspect, WPP’s MEC and currently OMG’s PHD) driving value and innovation for clients across FMCG, Travel, Telco, Finance and Auto verticals. Emily keeps plugged into the London digital community as an active member of the IAB Search Advisory, and getting to see some of the industry’s top work as a judge for The Drum Search Awards, both the Global and UK Biddable Media Awards, European Agency Awards and now the European Search Awards.

Juliette Van Rooyen | Head of SEO | VR Squared

I’ve been an SEO Specialist for 15 years, working on both client-side and agency environments in London & Cape Town. Starting in 2005 as a developer, I was lured to the dark side of SEO with the promise of being more creative. After getting a taste for SEO, I moved to London and spent 6 years working for various agencies with clients including Nintendo, Samsung, COI & Shell. In 2012 I moved back to Cape Town where I worked in the gambling industry on the client-side, spearheading multi-region and multi-language strategies for global casino brands. After 6 years of working in that arena, I returned to London in 2018 to lead UK SEO for a multinational ecommerce brand.

Marty Weintraub | Founder | Aimclear

Marty is an entrepreneur, marketer, photographer, speaker, and BWCA wilderness guide. He founded Aimclear®, a driven, integrated marketing agency dominant in customer acquisition, winner of 17 US Search Awards including 5X most recent Best Integrated Agency. Aimclear's differentiator is the balance of holistic brand-builds, PR, data, and integrated performance marketing. Credits include PayPal, Venmo, Uber, eBay, Airbnb, Dell, LinkedIn, Etsy, Gumtree, Eurail, Firestone, INC Magazine, Amazon, Famous Dave's, Martha Stewart Omni, Intel, Travelocity, Macy’s, GoDaddy, 3M, Siemens, Land's End, and many more. A fixture on the international conference circuit, Marty has appeared in front of hundreds of international search & social marketing conference audiences, from Jerusalem to Sydney.

Marcin Wsół | INDEPENDENT CERTIFIED GOOGLE ADS & GOOGLE ANALYTICS SPECIALIST

Independent and certified Google Ads and Google Analytics specialist, Google Premier Partner. Since 2011, he has carried out over 2300 campaigns, the budget of which has already exceeded 30 million PLN. Some clients call him "Midas of Google Ads" because each of his campaign works like gold. Author of meaty articles in leading magazines and trade journals. Co-author of the 2nd and 3rd editions of the "E-business Bible". Founder of the largest Polish Facebook group about Google Ads, where he supports SEM adepts with his experience. In free time, he plays electric guitar and discovers performance from a completely different angle.

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