Kate Bristow

Chief Strategy Officer, M & C Saatchi Los Angeles
Santa Monica, CA, United States

About Kate


After graduating from New College, Oxford in 1984 with an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, I started my advertising career in London, working at Saatchi and Saatchi. From 1987 until 1991, I left to work for two highly acclaimed creative agencies, before being lured back to Saatchi and Saatchi at the beginning of 1992 as Regional Business Director for Asia, based in Singapore. I was one of the founding partners of M&C Saatchi Singapore, joining as Director of Strategic Planning in March 1996. I moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to help establish the M&C Saatchi office here.

I have worked on a number of high profile accounts over my 25 year career, including Coca-Cola, BMW, Ketel One, Mars Inc and Procter & Gamble.

I am the co-curator of TEDxSantaMonica.


English, French, Italian

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2015, TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2013, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011

Areas of Expertise

Branding, Strategic Planning, Branding & Positioning

I'm passionate about

TEDxSantaMonica and TEDxYouth@SantaMonica which I co-curate with Felicia Kamriani. The Cambodian Children's Fund.


New College, Oxford

My TED story

I attended TEDActive2011 and had my mind blown. I met Felicia Kamriani who also lives in Santa Monica late one night on a wild jeep ride in the desert, and we decided to apply for the TEDxSantaMonica licence. Since then, we have put on 9 TEDx events, including a TEDxCity2_0 event, and two large TEDxYouth events.

Comments & conversations

Kate Bristow
Posted over 4 years ago
How will you take part in JR's TED Prize wish?
I am very excited about taking part in the TED prize with my 16 year old daughter who is a keen photographer. We are hoping to photograph some of the homeless people here in Santa Monica and find a central location to post their pictures. This is an issue that is right in front of us every day in this city yet we tend to walk right by. JR's project could help us to start some conversations.