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Ninth Annual Global Leaders’ Gathering

One hundred retail leaders worldwide meet in strict privacy: No journalists, no publicity, no pushy enterprise sales executives; just retailers

Free of charge, though invitation only, this is the invitation that money can’t buy. 

Chatham House Rules Apply


Monday, September 23rd

Evening reception

Asprey London, 36 Bruton Street, London, W1J 6QX, from 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM


Tuesday, September 24th

Ninth Annual Global Retail Leaders’ Gathering

The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D3DH, from 8.00 AM to 5.00 PM

Dietary Requirements

We want to ensure your culinary experience is just as memorable as the Leaders’ gathering itself. If you have any dietary requirements, if you have any dietary requirements please tell us ASAP, and our amazing Sarah Smyth will make sure your needs are catered to. Email and consider your taste buds in safe hands!


Dress Code

Unleash your inner fashion guru and join us in the stylish realm of 'Conference Casual.' This dress code strikes the perfect balance between comfort and professionalism, allowing you to express your unique style while keeping things relaxed and engaging.


Hotel Reservations

We've gone the extra mile to secure exclusive discounted rates for the Leaders’ gathering attendees.

Snag your room at The Intercontinental Hotel, 1 Hamilton Place, London, W1J 7QY by clicking here. Remember, these discounted room rates are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so act fast to ensure your luxurious stay. The Intercontinental Hotel offers the best-discounted rate available, less than the prevailing rate, at the time the reservation is made.

Alternatively, if The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D3DH, suits your fancy, click here to secure your discounted room. The Soho Hotel, offer a 15% discount off the Best Available Rate and complimentary breakfast. You can make your reservations directly with the reservations team at or by calling 020 7546 1011 and quoting ‘VOICES24’. The cancellation policy requires any changes to be made by 12 noon 7 days before the scheduled arrival date.

This offer will be valid until September 1, 2024, subject to room availability. 



We've got you covered when it comes to getting around town.

For The Soho Hotel, 4 Richmond Mews, London, W1D3DH:

  • Click here for directions.
  • Conveniently located just a three-minute walk from the Dean Street Exit of Tottenham Court Road Tube Station. Easy access awaits!
  • On-street parking is available, and if you prefer a nearby car park, look no further than Q Park, Poland Street, London W1F 7NQ. Find more information here.

For Asprey London, 36 Bruton St, London W1J 6QX:

  • Click here to find your way.
  • Just a delightful seven-minute stroll from Bond Street Tube Station, immersing yourself in luxury surroundings has never been easier.
  • On-street parking is available, and if you're in need of a nearby car park, Care Park - Grosvenor Hill Car Park at 21 Grosvenor Hill, London W1K 3QQ, is the ideal choice. Discover more details here.

Here are examples of illustrious speakers from across our industry and around the world, whom we have welcomed to Rarely Heard Voices.


Adam FenwickExecutive DirectorFenwickUK
Adam GoldstonCo-FounderAthletic Propulsion LabsUSA
Adwaita NayyarCo-Founder and CEONykaaIndia
Amalia SierraCo-FounderMaajiCOLOMBIA
Ann Marie ScichiliCo-founderValue Retail PlcUSA
Brian DuffyChief Executive OfficerWatches of Switzerland Group PlcUK
Chris BlakesleePresidentAthletaUSA  
Dan HarrisFounderBella + CanvasUSA  
Doug TiffanHead of World-Wide Solution Strategy for Apparel & Fashion at AWSAWSUSA
Fatma GhalyChief Executive OfficerAzza FahmyEGYPT
Fawaz AlhokairFounder ChairmanCENOMISAUDI ARABIA
Francine LiChief Marketing OfficerIPSYUSA
Franklin LoufraniFounderThe Smiley CompanyFRANCE
Jamie SalterChairman and Chief Executive OfficerAuthentic Brands GroupUSA
Joe MimranChairman,Gibraltar & CoCANADA
Johan JervøeGlobal Chief Communication & Brand OfficerValue RetailSwitzerland
John RigasChairmanAsprey of LondonUSA
Kareem GahedChief Executive OfficeJohn HardyUSA
Lord WolfsonCEONext PlcUK
Lucy AylenFounder & Chief Executive OfficerNever Fully Dressed                   UK
Norman JaskolkaPresident, Deputy ChairmanAldo GroupCANADA
Oliver ChenManaging Director and senior equity research analystTD CowenUSA
Olivier SchaefferGlobal Chief Operating OfficerPrintempsFRANCE
Renuka JagtianiChairwoman and Chief Executive OfficerLandmark GroupUAE 
Solomon LewChairmanPremier InvestmentsAUSTRALIA  
Tina Sharkey Entrepreneur-In-ResidenceUSC's Iovine & Young AcademyUSA
VP SharmaChief Executive OfficerMAPINDONESIA




Pay speaker fees:

At Rarely Heard Voices, we believe that the most valuable insights come from those who are truly passionate about their work, not just those who are paid to talk about it. That’s why we don’t pay our speakers - we want to ensure that they are driven by a genuine desire to share their knowledge and ideas with their peer group.


Use funny handshakes:

You won’t find any secret society-style handshakes at Rarely Heard Voices! We believe in being open and inclusive with everyone who attends our gathering, regardless of their background or affiliation. Our focus is on fostering genuine connections and creating a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about retail, not on creating some sort of exclusive club with secret rituals.


Have name badges:

Who needs a name badge when you’re among friends? At our gathering, we believe in creating an informal and relaxed atmosphere where attendees can connect with one another on a personal level, without worrying about formalities like name tags.


Do social media:

We like to think of our gathering as a digital detox for the modern age. By eschewing social media, we encourage our attendees to focus on connecting with one another in person, rather than getting lost in the endless scroll of the online world.


Have drive-by speakers:

At Rarely Heard Voices, we believe that the best way to learn is through deep and meaningful conversations with those who truly understand their subject matter. That’s why we don’t have “drive-by” speakers who just drop in for a quick talk - we prioritize in-depth discussions that allow for real learning and growth.


Invite members of the press, or pushy enterprise sales executives:

Our gathering is all about fostering genuine connections between like-minded individuals, without any outside distractions or agendas. By keeping members of the press and pushy sales executives at bay, we’re able to create an environment that’s truly focused on learning, sharing, and growth.


Ask guests to register:

Who needs another registration form in their life? At our gathering, we keep things simple by not requiring attendees to register in advance. This frees up more time for meaningful conversations and connections and ensures that everyone who attends is truly invested in being there.



That’s right, our gathering is completely free of charge. We believe that knowledge and ideas should be freely accessible to all. By not charging for our event, we’re able to create a more inclusive and welcoming atmosphere that benefits everyone who attends. This, is, the invitation that money can’t buy!


Have a keynote address:

At Rarely Heard Voices, we believe that every attendee has something valuable to share. That’s why we don’t have a traditional keynote address - instead, we prioritise conversation and dialogue, with everyone in attendance contributing their own unique perspective and expertise.


Feature main-stage sponsors:

Our gathering is about authenticity and independence, so we don’t all pay-to-play. We believe that true insights and ideas should come from a place of honesty and transparency, rather than being influenced by outside interests. By keeping our stage sponsor-free, we’re able to maintain a sense of integrity that sets us apart from traditional conferences.