Cindy Gallop

Cindy Gallop

Founder en Ifwerantheworld

Cindy is half English, half Chinese, grew up in Asia, in Brunei, and read English Literature at Somerville College, Oxford.  She began working in theater marketing and then moved to advertising, where she spent the majority of her career working for one agency, global creative network Bartle Bogle Hegarty.  She joined them in London in 1989 to run global accounts such as Coca-Cola, Polaroid and Ray-Ban;  moved to Singapore in 1996 to help start up and run BBH Asia Pacific;  and moved to New York in 1998 to start up BBH US, which began as Cindy in a room with a phone, and four years later was named Adweek’s Eastern Agency of the Year, winning clients such as Levi’s, Johnnie Walker and Axe.  In 2003 Advertising Women of New York voted Cindy Advertising Woman of the Year.


In 2005 Cindy resigned as chairman of BBH to do something different.  She runs her own consultancy business, working with clients who want to change the game in their particular sector, and who are looking for radical reinvention, and for groundbreaking, innovative, forward-thinking strategic and executional approaches.  Cindy specializes in troubleshooting in any context, and the rapid (in her case extremely rapid!) development and implementation of highly effective strategies and plans of action to address pressing business issues. 


Alongside Cindy’s consulting business, she is founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld – an extremely simple crowdsourced web platform designed to turn good intentions into action – which she is working to launch this summer.  She launched a small side venture, MakeLoveNotPorn, at TED in February 2009.  She acts as board advisor to a number of technology and media startups.  Her web ventures and start-up advisories mean she lives the new digital reality she also consults on. 


Cindy has a reputation as a highly compelling speaker at conferences such as TED, ad:tech, The Next Big Idea, MIPTV and iMedia Summits, and has written opinion pieces for online publications (Adotas) and magazines (Marie Claire).  More details can be found at

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