One of the pillars of British comedy, Stephen Fry is also a successful stage and screen actor, a hugely engaging presenter, a best-selling writer and an accomplished director. Alongside the quiz QI, his latest projects involve tracking down species facing extinction and travelling across America in his London taxi. Films include Sherlock Holmes 2 and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.
Stephen emerged as a major talent with supporting roles in The Young Ones and Blackadder, before becoming one half of Fry & Laurie with university friend Hugh. The two went on to film four series of PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves & Wooster.
Stephen won critical acclaim as the beleaguered but brilliant Irish wit in the Hollywood biopic Wilde. Maintaining a literary connection he went on to appear in Tristram Shandy and direct Bright Young Things, adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s novel Vile Bodies.
He has brought Harry Potter to life for millions of Radio Four listeners, lifted a taboo with a series on depression and traced his roots in Who Do You Think You Are? He has also become television’s most polished awards host and a favourite guest on countless panel shows.
Stephen Fry’s writing credits include The Liar, Paperweight, The Tennis Stars’ Balls and the memoirs Moab is My Washpot and The Fry Chronicles. He also wrote the book for the long-running West End revival of Me & My Girl.
Mark Ritson is Adjunct Professor of Marketing at Melbourne Business School and Visiting Professor of Marketing at Singapore Management University. He has a PhD in Marketing from Lancaster University and has been a faculty member at some of the world's leading business schools teaching on the MBA programs at London Business School, MIT Sloan, and the University of Minnesota. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world's best marketing instructors and has been the recipient of awards for his teaching at LBS, MIT, SMU and MBS.
Mark has worked globally on projects ranging from brand strategy, market research, segmentation, CRM, marketing communications, brand acquisition, brand valuation and brand extension. For thirteen years - from 2002 to 2015 - he served as in-house professor for LVMH - the world's largest luxury group - working with senior executives from brands like Louis Vuitton, Dom Perignon, Fendi, Tag Heuer, Dior and Hennessy.
Mark has written a weekly column on branding for Marketing Week for over a decade. On three occasions he has been judged the Business Columnist of the Year at the PPA Press Awards, the highest award for magazine journalism in the UK. He is also a columnist for The Australian newspaper. His more scholarly publications include articles published in Sloan Management Review, Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Advertising, and the Journal of Consumer Research. He was the recipient of the Ferber Award in 2000, one of the most prestigious prizes in Marketing, for his doctoral thesis.
Jo Malone has been described as an 'English scent maverick' and the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances.
Originally a facial therapist, Jo discovered an instinctual talent for fragrance whilst making scented products by hand in her kitchen. From these artisan beginnings Jo launched her first brand, Jo Malone London which quickly gained cult status around the world.
Byron Sharp is a Professor of Marketing Science and Director of the Ehrenberg-Bass Institute – the world’s largest institute for research into marketing.
His first book How Brands Grow: what marketers don’t know has been called one of the most influential marketing books of the past decade (Warc, 2015) and was voted marketing book of the year by AdAge readers. In 2015 he published the follow-up How Brands Grow Part 2 with Professor Jenni Romaniuk, and he has also written a textbook Marketing: Theory, Evidence, Practice which reflects modern knowledge about marketing and evidence-based thinking.
Byron has co-hosted, with Professor Jerry Wind, two conferences at the Wharton Business School on the laws of advertising, and is on the editorial board of five journals.