Director of Digital Supply Chain Transformation, Unilever
Ahmet Hasanbeseoglu is seen as a Talent Catalyst, a Strategist and an Orchestrator in leading complex, multi-stakeholder transformational programs. He is motivated by fulfilling his purpose in life to learn every day, develop leaders and execute solutions for real impact with technology and the power of data.
He started his career in Switzerland at 3M Innovation European HQ as a business analyst building Management Information Systems for R&D and Production sites and scaling globally. He had digital transformation leadership roles across Europe at Cisco Systems working within Cisco functions internally and with leading manufacturing, transportation and retail customers externally specifically around the ‘Internet of Things’ and ‘Data Analytics’ solutions.
He led the Digital Transformation of a Global Home Appliances company for 1.5 years focused on Digital Factory, Connected Home Products and Automation of Sales and Supply Chain Operations globally and he is now leading digital transformation of e-commerce and supply chain operations in the East Europe and Middle East region for Unilever.
Ahmet has received thought leadership in major publications from Cisco such as: Internet of Everything, Virtual SMB Clusters and SaaS (Textile Value Chain) , Russia Innovation City Economic model (Skolkovo).
Ahmet is a Spokesperson for key new areas like “Internet of Everything”, “Cloud Business Models” and |Big Data and Analytics”. He is also a volunteer in “Girls in IT” initiatives to increase the interest for IT for teenage girls in the IT Industry by engaging them in some global competitions.
Global Product Director for New Generation Technologies, Nestlé
Carolina Pinart is the Global Product Director for New Generation Technologies at Nestlé, in charge of industrializing emerging technologies across the Group such as AR/VR, AI, chatbots, advanced nutrition or voice. She also leads the Use Cases Pillar’s of Nestlé’s company-wide AI Strategy Program. She holds a PhD in Engineering from the Technical University of Catalonia and has conducted business studies at the London Business School and New York University. Prior to Nestlé, she was the Chief Operating Officer of a New York City based startup, where she developed and launched an app ecosystem to match taxi supply and demand in real time. She also led Telehealth and Connected Car product development and new business launches for wireless carrier Telefónica, based in Madrid and the UK, with operations in Europe and Latin America. Carolina started her career as a consultant for Altran in France and worked in research and innovation for Siemens in Germany and for a leading technology center in Barcelona. Over that period, she published over 70+ papers in international journals and conferences and obtained 1 patent in diverse areas such as mobile video, wireless communications and optical networking.
Head of Engineering Development System, Airbus Defence and Space
Since graduating from Ryerson University and starting his engineering career in the Toronto area, Curtis has had the opportunity to work and live in 4 different countries. His journey has taken him to Italy, USA, Germany and finally France. His experience has included working on the development of the Boeing 787, Airbus A380, and Airbus A350 close to his Ryerson background. Early on in this journey though, Curtis realized a childhood dream to work with the Ferrari Formula 1 race team during ’99 and ’00 season.
Since setting roots in France in 2006 and joining Airbus in 2011.
Curtis has been at the forefront of a variety of the companies forward thinking technology developments and digital transformation projects, covering topics such as Factory of the Future, AR-augmented reality, 3D printing, IoT, model based methods and advanced robotics automation to name a few. Curtis’ new role since July 2017 covers transforming, integrating and digitizing with emergent modeling techniques our engineering process environment across the diverse and rich engineering landscape of Airbus Defense and Space.
Darren A. Cooper
President, Renteknik Group Inc.
Licensed Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario with over 20 years of experience in Energy Efficiency and Energy Management, Renewable Energy Technologies, IAQ, Construction and Engineering CREDENTIALS. LEED® AP, Certified Building Commissioning Professional (CBCP) and Council-Certified Microbial Consultant (CMC). Darren is also a member of ASHRAE, a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association, and a Senior Member of Association of Energy Engineers and Chapter Executive for the Southern Ontario Chapter.
Currently, Darren is President at Renteknik Group Inc. Renteknik is an Energy Engineering Consultant based in Burlington, Ontario
Offices in Ontario, British Columbia and United Kingdom
Service Clients Globally: CAN, USA, UK, Italy, Poland, Romania, Germany & Mexico
Building and System Commissioning
Recommissioning and Retro-commissioning
Energy efficiency and optimization for cooling and refrigeration systems
Head of Technology Trends, Advanced Propulsion Centre UK
Dr Hadi Moztarzadeh is an R&D and innovation specialist with over 20 years experience in both academia and industry. He is the Head to Technology Trends at APC, where he oversees the technology strategy, and a portfolio of supply chain and insight analysis as well as technology and system-level roadmaps, working closely with the Automotive Council, industry and innovation ecosystem. As part of the APC, Hadi collaborates with research and technology organisations, academia and industry, to de-risk innovation, accelerate technology transfer, and drive growth in the UK manufacturing and automotive sectors.
Prior to joining the APC, he was the Associate Dean (& Director) for Research, Innovation and Enterprise at the University of Salford, and before that, he had a 9-year career at WMG, University of Warwick and High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult, most recently led the cross-Catapult portfolio.
Hadi has a PhD in Engineering from Warwick University and an MSc from University of Sheffield. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (FIMechE), and the vice-chair of the IMechE Midland region.
Dr. Patricia Parlevliet
Senior Research Project Leader , Airbus Blue Sky
Dr. Patricia Parlevliet, Senior Research Project Leader at Airbus Blue Sky, a small but effective Airbus research group with the aim to shape the future of aerospace. This is achieved through collaborative research activities with renowned scientists around the world.
Key personal information:
MSc in Materials Science and Engineering – TU Delft (NL), with a specialisation in fibre reinforced polymer composites.
PhD at Aerospace Engineering – TU Delft.
More than 10 years’ experience in R&D projects on aerospace polymer composites at Airbus Helicopters and Airbus Central R&T.
Since 2018 – one of the ambassadors for Airbus Blue Sky. Current projects deal with topics ranging from computational neuroscience to synthetic biology.
Author or co-author of >50 scientific publications and inventor or co-inventor of >10 patents.
Mentor for female colleagues, engineering students and PhDs.
Dr. Sha WEI
Chair of IEEE/C/Smart Manufacturing Standard Committee, IEEE Standard Association
Dr. Sha WEI is dedicated in standardization and strategy analysis of Smart Manufacturing, Digital Twin and Artificial Intelligence. In IEEE Standard Association (SA), she serves as the vice chair (M’21) and member (M’19-M’20) of NesCom, member of SASB (M’19-M’21) and CAG (M’18).
In Smart Manufacturing, she is the Chair of IEEE/C/Smart Manufacturing Standard Committee, P2672 Mass Customization and P2806 Digital Representation, and member of IEC/SyC Smart Manufacturing and ISO/IEC JWG21 Smart manufacturing reference model, respectively. She is the Technology Leads of 5 National-level and Ministry-level Projects on smart manufacturing, and main editor of National Intelligent Manufacturing Standard System Construction Guideline.
In Digital Twin, she is the convenor of ISO/IEC JTC1/SC41/WG6 Digital Twin and former JTC1/AG11 Digital Twin.
In Artificial Intelligence, she is the Chair of IEEE P2807 Knowledge Graph working group and committee members of ISO/IEC JTC1 SC42 Artificial Intelligence.
CEO & Co-Founder, The Data Analysis Bureau
Eric pursued an academic career before transitioning to the commercial world of data science via the public sector. Whether in academic research or the private sector, Eric is driven by the challenge of solving big problems using data and the scientific process. Eric leads the analytical and machine learning elements of the company, primarily designing solutions to solve client problems.
Chair of Smart Factory & Steering Committee Member, Industrial Internet Consortium
Farid began his professional career as an Electrical Control Engineer designing automated and integrated systems, robotic solutions, and optical rotary encoders (Li-Fi enabled sensors). Over the past 20 years, he has worked as adjunct professor, technical and research lead, program director, business development manager, chief product officer, chief technology officer, chief executive officer and technology, innovative, IIoT and digital/smart factory transformation consultant at multinational corporations including Dupont/DJ chemical, Delphi/Aptiv Automotive, Ford/Comau Robotics, Homag/Dü, Haworth, SteelCase, Boeing, Stryker, Honeywell, etc.; as well as for US Government agencies including the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), and the US Census Bureau. He has co-founded 7 different businesses and organizations and served as a top executive and board member. He now serves as the Chief Technology Officer of AASA Inc, where he also co-founded the technology spinoff, 01LightCom. His recent focus includes the COVID-19 impact on the industry, manufacturing and IoT/IIoT, and currently he serves as the chair of Smart Factory and steering committee member at Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC).
Cyber Security Manager, Jaguar Land Rover Software Engineering
Felipe Fernandes, 34 years old, Brazilian, is currently a Cyber Security Manager, at JLR Ireland Software Engineering. More than 15 years of experience in the automotive and product development areas. Previously, he worked as an Engineering Manager at Unitec Semiconductors, an important Brazilian government program to bring the semiconductor industry to the country, applying the company’s ICs in IoT solutions for the Latin American market.
Also, he held the position of Head of Vehicle Cyber Security at Fiat Chrysler LATAM for almost 5 years as part of the global team, reporting to US engineering and leading a local resource, developing and implementing an entire cyber security strategy for the whole vehicle life cycle. At that time, he joined to SAE International as a member of the task force for writing automotive cyber security standards, such as J3061 and J3101, of which he is still actively involved.
He worked also as an embedded hardware engineer, automation engineer, team leader in automotive assembly line and electronics technician, in mid-sized and multinational companies.
Among several academic backgrounds, he holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering at Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-MG), specialization in Embedded Systems from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), specialization in Cyber Security from the University of Maryland, and is currently studying for his master’s degree at UAb from Portugal.
Vice President, IoT Sales, EMEA , Truphone
Francois leads Truphone’s IoT sales activity for EMEA, managing an end-to-end portfolio that includes eSIM, remote SIM provisioning and connectivity. Passionate about new technologies, Francois has extensive sales and marketing experience in the mobile telecommunications and SIM industries spanning 20 years.
Whenever time allows, he enjoys sailing, travelling and running with his two sons.
Founder and Managing Director , Kore Transformation Ltd
Gail Logan is an Executive Coach who helps results driven women lead with more impact, influence and balance.
Gail has extensive experience working in the fast-paced world of technology. Most recently she was Director of EMEA Customer Care for Adobe, heading a team of c.50 people across Europe delivering multi-lingual support for Adobe’s portfolio of Enterprise Products. She partnered closely with support teams in the US and India to deliver a high caliber service and was accountable for the customer experience across the region. She supported a $1bn EMEA business and engaged regularly with Enterprise Level Clients running mission critical systems requiring 24 x 7 support.
She set up her own business in 2016 to help other leaders deliver exceptional value, lead with impact and maximise their potential. She is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach.
Gordon’s professional career spans 29 years. He has a Systems Analysis degree and started as a software developer and data communications Engineer. He has successfully built international sales and support operations in the UK for US network technology companies. He brings with him a technical background and a vast amount of commercial experience.
Gordon’s mandate will be to support our Renteknik Clients in both the UK and International locations. Supporting and enabling Clients the opportunity to optimize their energy consumption and improve their overall operational efficiency through Panoramic PowerTM and PowerRadarTM Insights Technology, a leading device level Energy Management Solution.
Team Lead of Applied Algorithmics at Smart Production Lab, Volkswagen AG
With more than 12 years of experience working for Volkswagen Group, being project lead, innovation driver and experienced in strategic topics, I use my ability as team lead to focus the strength of the team and enable them to integrate our in-house developed products into the VW Group.
My vision is to break silos with being open-minded and believe in synergy that might not exist on the first glimpse.
Technology Innovation Lead, Avanade
Consultant, Developer, Trainer, Manager, Jean-Pierre (aka JP) heads Data & Innovation at AZEO, a French Microsoft “pure-player” partner (recently acquired by Avanade).
JP has been an MVP Data Platform since 2008 and speaks at many events in France and in Europe. He leads the local community (GUSS & Club Power BI) and organizes events in France since 2011 : MS Cloud Summit, Les Journées SQL Server, SQLSaturday, Power Saturday, etc.
JP is passionate about data concerns in business like Data Governance, Data Quality or Data Visualization and since 2010, he specialized himself in Self-Service BI. His favorite topic is Power BI, business usages and technical architectures that go with.
Also passionate by tech & innovation, he has extended his competencies area to topics like IoT, AI, Mixed Reality and Low-Code and develops innovative projects at Avanade
Jesus Flores Cerrillo
Associate Director - R&D, Digital and Operations, Linde (Praxair)
Jesus Flores has 20 years of experience in the development and implementation of monitoring technologies, advanced process control and advanced analytics solutions.
Jesus has been with Praxair/Linde since 2004 where he currently manages the Smart Operations and Advanced Technologies Group in Linde’s Center of Excellence. The Smart Operations and Advanced Technologies Group develops and implements novel monitoring, instrumentation, machine learning, IIoT and process control solutions to improve the efficiency and reliability of Linde’s processes and systems. Jesus’ experience includes multivariate statistics, automation, novel sensors and advanced process control among others.
Jesus leverages his technical expertise, multidisciplinary project management skills and business insights to solve complex problems in collaboration with diverse business units.
Jesus holds a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University and he is author or co-author of more than 20 peer reviewed journal papers. Jesus is also a frequent reviewer in many Journals and an invited speaker to multiple industrial and academic forums. He and his team actively collaborate with multiple universities and research consortia in the process systems engineering area.
Johannes (Hannes) Hunschofsky
Managing Director, EIT Manufacturing East GmbH
Hannes Hunschofsky is a visionary executive, transformation leader and experienced board member, accomplished at successfully developing and executing strategies involving start-ups, turnarounds, business improvements and growth, acquisitions, integrations and reorganizations. Hannes Hunschofsky is serving as Managing Director of EIT Manufacturing East located in Vienna, Austria, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Previously, Mr. Hunschofsky served as CEO/COO/President/Exec. VP for companies like GE Jenbacher, August Storm and HOERBIGER and has experience in leading global manufacturing companies in North America, Europe and Asia. He speaks internationally on manufacturing strategy and leadership topics and has addressed audiences at the Austrian Trade Commission in the US, Bank of America, Deutsche Bank, the Institute of Business Forecasting (IBF), the Technical University Munich (TUM), the Technical University Vienna (TU Wien), the Industry of Things World Congress, to mention a few. Mr. Hunschofsky is the recipient of the Grand Decoration of Honor for services to the Republic of Austria by President Dr. Heinz Fischer (2014). He was Finalist of the Florida Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (2012) and Winner of the Florida Manufacturer of the Year Award (2008).
Production Turbine Blade Representative, MTU Aero Engines
Josef Kriegmair works as Representative Production Turbine Blade / Structure Castings at MTU Aero Engines AG Center Production. Since 2010, his main task has been the development and implementation of digital process chains and manufacturing intelligence systems for turbine blades and structure castings. Prior to that, he was in production engineering with a focus on technology development for production and for maintenance, repair and overhaul. He holds roles in logistics and plant maintenance at MTU Aero Engines from 1997 to 2001.
Josef started in technical procurement at MTU. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering focus Production Technology and a degree in Industrial Engineering focus Project Management and Technology Management.
Senior Engineer- Data Science and IoT, Eaton
Juhi Ajmera, Senior Engineer- Data Science and IoT at Eaton presented on “Transformation of Manufacturing Industry by Advanced Data analytics and IoT” on Wednesday, 9th December 2020 – the second day of the Industrial, Manufacturing & IoT – Virtual Sensor World Week.
Juhi has over 5 years of industry experience as an IoT expert and currently works for Centre for Intelligent Power in Pune, India. (www.eaton.com) She is currently working as a solution architect for various use cases such as OEE and Predictive Maintenance for factories aligned with Industry 4.0. Apart from manufacturing, she has experience working on other domains like retail, healthcare. She has published a number of papers and patents.
Juhi’s current interests include Edge computing, Machine Learning, Data Science, and Robotics. She is currently working on using data science techniques aimed at improving energy consumption and improving OEE for factories and buildings.
Digital Transformation Lead, Global R&D, ArcelorMittal
Kris is currently the Digital Transformation Lead, Global R&D at ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel manufacturer. In this role Kris is actively contributing to his organisation’s transformation to maximize technology contribution to its operations and innovation.
In the last 25 years Kris held various roles in international corporations like EDS (Electronic Data Systems), Hewlett-Packard and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise from Systems Engineer, Business Analyst, Project and Programme Manager, Regional Manager and Account Executive mainly in Automotive and Manufacturing sectors. He also contributed to non-profit organisations as a Non-Executive Director and a Board Member.
In the past Kris also was a member of The Institute of Directors in the UK and was a member of its Welsh leadership council.
Kris is passionate about technology and its role in transforming organisations and people lives. He created and led multinational teams and is always on the lookout for new ideas and creative collaboration.
He is committed to lifelong learning and is currently conducting PhD research related to Digital Transformation and Digital Maturity with the University of Oviedo in Spain.
Transformation Manager, Groupe Renault
Persian-French, Graduated from Kedge business school in Paris, I have been working in Purchasing & Innovation for several international big corporations since more than 16 years.
My expertise and in-depth experience come from working in the construction, energy and automotive sectors. I have occupied positions such as strategy manager and senior negotiator on main strategic accounts, directing corporate strategy in innovative ways which led to excellent results. Lately I gave a new dimension to my career by integrating the consultancy team of my company in order to lead the new strategy change our company is currently undergoing.
I am a woman of integrity and conviction, think I’m a natural leader and tend to always act as a good and reliable team player with focus on successful outcomes.
Senior Data Scientist, Audi AG
Liang Yu is a senior data scientist at CARIAD and Audi AG. She currently leads a team of data scientists and software engineers dedicated to the development of an in-vehicle corner case detector for autonomous driving systems. Before joining CARIAD, she was a data scientist at ExxonMobil in Texas, USA. She specializes in using statistics, machine learning and physical modelling to solve complex real-world problems.
Liang holds a BS in Astronomy & Physics from Yale University, and a PhD in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Data Scientist / kdb+ developer, KX
Kdb+ developer with a physics background working at KX within the Customer Success Industry with a focus on big data and software development. Experience working in cognitive health, military and defense, surveillance, manufacturing, cyber security, utilities and others. Skilled in databases, front-end UI, streaming analytics and professional services.
Channel Manager UK + EMEA , Centrica
My name is Mike Cumby and my background includes 20+ years in IT with various manufacturers focusing on the Channel VAR community. I joined Centrica Business Solutions to flex my eco warrior muscles, though my journey started a few years ago when I went vegan for a year in the name of charity. From that experience, I amassed a lot of knowledge on the negative impact our lifestyle choices has on our planet. As a father of 5, I decided we needed to be part of a global effort and tackle climate change as we hand down the planet to the next generation and beyond. Reducing my family’s carbon footprint included reducing our meat/fish/dairy intake, installing solar panels on our roof and switching our family car to an EV. But the biggest personal shift I could make would be a career utilising my business experience and skills with a company who used technology to enable energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions on a global scale.
Mike Wilson M.Sc B.Sc
Chief Automation Officer, Manufacturing Technology Centre
Mike Wilson has over 35 years of experience in the application of automation to manufacturing across a broad range of industry sectors and is widely recognised as one of the leading authorities on the application of industrial robot systems in the UK.
Mike is Chief Automation Officer at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, leading the drive to increase the adoption of automation in UK manufacturing. He is also Chairman of the British Automation and Robot Association, a Director of the Manufacturing Technologies Association and has previously been Chairman of the International Federation of Robotics. His book “Implementation of Robot Systems” was published in 2014
Engineering Manager at PENTAIR & Co-founder at ADATEC , PENTAIR & ADATEC
Nicola graduated in Electronics Engineering and he holds the PhD in Automation, Robotics and Bioengineering at the University of Pisa working in collaboration with Research Center E. Piaggio, Department of Electrical System & Automation (DSEA) and the National Research Council (CNR).
His main research academic interests concern haptic interfaces, electronics and embedded systems. Nicola has been actively involved in several EU international funded projects working as consultant in various sectors such as virtual reality, electrical and electronic design for household appliances and automotive applications.
He joined in 2007 Pentair (www.pentair.com) as electronic engineer and currently is Engineering Manager with main responsibility for electrical and electronic design & development and manager for an ISO/IEC 17025 accredited laboratory for testing of household appliances.
He is a recent member of Europump in the Digital Working Group.
Nicola is co-founder of Adatec (www.adatec.it) founded in 2009 as a spin-off company of University of Pisa.
He’s author and co-author of national and international patents and more than 25 cientific papers, books, applications and technical notes.
Nicola has over 10 years experience in hardware, power electronics, sensors, embedded systems, electrical, firmware and software design, in commercial, residential, industrial, automation and IoT applications.
Sector Head - Industrial Automation, Gambica
Nikesh Mistry is Sector head of Industrial Automation at GAMBICA, the Trade Association for Instrumentation, Control, Automation and Laboratory Technology in the UK.
While relatively new to the trade association world, Nikesh is a highly motivated individual who has developed an extensive understanding of both technical and commercial areas of manufacturing and automation industry. His previous role as Technical Sales Engineer for Keyence UK allowed him to gain on-site industry experience and working as an account manager for OEM, Alphr technology enabled him to work with colleagues and customers of varying skill sets worldwise. The abootyu to build sustained client relationships has been thoroughly refined in different industries including automotive, food and pharmaceutical, raw materials, chemical testing, defence and aerospace and even financial services.
He has an honours degree in Electronic Engineering from The University of Birmingham and believed with the right mind-set and maximum use of innovation in the UK will excel throughout the fourth industrial revolution.
Managing Director, VDMA Robotics + Automation Association
Patrick has been working with automation technology at VDMA since 1999. Having connected various disciplines in the VDMA Factory Automation Forum, he began focusing on machine vision, robotics and integrated assembly solutions. Between 2000 and 2013 he served as General Secretary of EFAC, the European Factory Automation Committee. From 2004 to 2012 he was General Secretary of EMVA, the European Machine Vision Association.
He was appointed Managing Director of the VDMA Robotics + Automation Association as of May 2014. In addition, he is Director of EUnited Robotics, the Brussels-based European Robotics Industry Association, and a member of the Executive Board of the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). His particular interests are the smart factory, IIoT and Industry 4.0, the workplace of the future and effects of automation and AI on labor markets and productivity. Patrick holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics.
Operation Excellence - Manager, Manufacturing Research & Development, Whirlpool EMEA
In Whirlpool EMEA since 1989, after a first experience in industrial automation as System and Network Manager and as Project Leader, he dedicated himself to topics of innovation and Product-Process Design support, defining and using processes based on methodologies such as TRIZ, Design for Manufacturing and Assembly, Complexity Management, and contributing to the definition of the global process of New Product Introduction.
Afterward he moved his interests to Industrial Research coordinating for Whirlpool EMEA the participation to more than 20 European Funded Projects under FP7 and Horizon 2020 program on various topics such as Internet of Things, Technology Forecasting, Big Data, Edge Computing, Blockchain, Process Engineering, Cyber Physical System, Digital Platforms, Electromagnetic Welding, Predictive Maintenance, Collaborative Robotics, and Zero Defect Manufacturing.
He contributed to the strategic preparation of Whirlpool Manufacturing 2020 program, based on Industry 4.0 principles as a member of the Global Steering Technical Committee, and he is now involved in Whirlpool IdX, the Industrial Digital Transformation Global program.
Currently he is involved in 9 H2020 Projects (SERENA, UPTIME, ROSSINI, QU4LITY, XMANAI, COALA, I4Q, 5GINDUCE, ODIN ) and in several projects in EIT Manufacturing.
He’s member of Advisory Board of Osservatorio Industria 4.0 of Politecnico Di Milano, member of Scientific Committee of MADE Competence Center, member of the working group “Research and Development” of American Chamber of Commerce in Italy, member of the Technical-Scientific Thematic Group on High Efficient Production systems of Italian Cluster “Fabbrica Intelligente”
He’s author and co-author of 4 patents, 14 scientific papers and gave a speech in more than 30 national and international conferences.
Chief Digital Officer of the Radio-Communication Products Business Line, Thales
Pierre is Chief Digital Officer of the Radio-Communication Products Business Line at Thales. He leads the large scale digital transformation of Thales’ #1 Business Line across 15 industrial countries, a wide partners’ ecosystem and a worldwide customer base, through three key pillars: Innovation & Growth, Competitiveness and People. Structuring and empowering teams, he leverages strategically and operationally digital technologies fueled by data: AI, Big Data Analytics, Smart Connectivity & IoT, Cybersecurity, and Digital Twins.
Pierre is an expert in the Information & Communication Technologies industry, with 13 years in Thales, amongst which 10 years so far in the Radio-Communication Products BL, after 3 years spent in the Ground Radars Business Line.
With 30+ years overall in the Aerospace & Defense industry (Airbus, Safran, Thales), Pierre has a strong experience in Artificial Intelligence, Operation Research, Data Science, Mathematical Modelling & Simulations, and Complex Systems Engineering. Pierre has lead for 12 years the Systems Design & Engineering of fully autonomous intelligent systems: multinational cruise missiles family (MBDA) and smart air-launched armament (Safran).
Pierre is Thales’ representative for the EU’s Digital Strategy through the CCE, delivers keynotes in various organizations, and is member of several CDO professional groups.
Pierre holds a MSc in Aerospace from Isae-SUPAERO (Fr), a MSc in Astrophysics from Paris7 University, a global EMBA (HEC Paris, London School of Economics & NYU Stern), and certifications in Artificial Intelligence & Data Science from Ecole Polytechnique & Stanford University.
Professor Rab Scott
Head of Digital, University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
Rab Scott is Head of Digital at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). He has been a member of the AMRC since its beginning in 2001 and now leads on the strategic development and implementation of digital technologies and solutions for the AMRC and the wider manufacturing sector.
He is a visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde in the Department of Manufacturing and Engineering Management and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Business School.
Rab is the operational chair of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult Digital Strategy Team. He is Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board of ImmerseUK (the UK’s body for immersive technologies), sits on the IET’s Digital Panel and their Applied Visualisation Forum and the UK5G Manufacturing working group. He is also a member for the BSI IST/31 Standards committee for “Computer graphics, image processing and environmental data representation”.
SVP IoT and Utilities, KX
Przemek Tomczak, Senior Vice-President IoT and Utilities at KX and First Derivatives plc, where he leads the internet of things and utilities industry verticals globally.
Przemek has over 24 years IT and business leadership experience, implementing and operating big data and analytics systems, delivering program and transformation initiatives, consulting, outsourcing and risk management in the energy and utility and other industries.
Previously, Przemek held senior roles at the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario, Canada, top-tier consulting firms and systems integrators. At the IESO he was responsible for the implementation and operation of the world’s first and largest smart meter data management system for 67 utilities and 5 million end customers. Przemek also holds the CPA, CA and CISA designations.
AI Portfolio Chief Product Owner, Siemens Digital Industries
Rafael Zanini is the AI Portfolio Chief Product Owner at Siemens Digital Industries, the world leader in electrification, automation and digitalization. Together with his team, he is driving the development of innovative AI software, expanding the frontiers of Siemens Factory Automation portfolio, enabling customers and partners to build, deploy and run value-added and scalable AI automation solutions at the shop floor.
Rafael is passionate about Agile SW development, holding a MSc in Computer Science from the University of Campinas and MBA from FGV EAESP in Sao Paulo. His past experience includes 14+ years of developing and leading automation solutions for multiple manufacturing industries in Brazil and around the world. Today he is a certified Lean Portfolio Manager and is confident that co-creating with customers Siemens can invent the next generation of AI innovation for manufacturing industries. He believes AI will have a crucial role in transforming Industry and Society and helping people to live longer and better.
R&D Group Manager IoT Sensing, Signify
Roger Delnoij, R&D Group Manager IoT Sensing at Signify participated in the Panel Discussion “Smart Sensors – Digitization of your Operations” alongside Jesus Flores Cerrilo, Associate Director of Linde Digital, on Tuesday, 8th December 2020 – the first day of the Industrial, Manufacturing & IoT – Virtual Sensor World Week.
Roger Delnoij graduated in electronics and started working for Philips 25 years ago on optical storage, and later e-books. He joined Philips Lighting in 2005, working on lighting controls and sensors. Within Lighting he became a sensing expert after working on many different products, systems and technologies and he holds several patents in this field.
Roger currently holds the position of Group Manager IoT sensing at Signify Research where he leads a team of scientists and engineers working on smart sensors for IoT applications.
Signify, formerly known as Philips Lighting, is the world leader in lighting. Our connected lighting offerings bring light and the data they collect to devices, places and people – redefining what light can do and how people use it.
Data Scientist, Unilever
Shruti is working as a data scientist at a global FMCG giant – Unilever. She is a part of the Data & Analytics team at Unilever. She has an overall experience of more than 5 years in the field of data science and machine learning. Shruti specializes in implementing strategies on advanced analytics across several departments in Unilever like Supply Chain, Sales & Marketing, Digital & Social media, all leading to actionable insights with significant business impact for the company. Her ability to think from a consumer point of view coupled with her technical skill sets enables her to demystify complex business models. On the personal front, she likes to listen to music, play the Indian classical flute and spend time with her dog.
Director, Vision and Sensors Technology, P&G
Steve Varga has led engineering and R&D developments for more than 25 years. He is a certified AIA Vision Professional and Level 3 Certified Thermographer, with deep and broad experience having designed and installed thousands of inspection and imaging systems. Currently a Principal Scientist at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati Ohio, Steve leads Vision and Sensing R&D for P&G’s assembled products businesses.
Steve has been a pioneer in and leader of imaging science technologies. His mastery is sought both inside and outside the company as he has consulted with nearly every sector and has presented at multiple international conferences. He also is an innovator in the field holding many patents. Using his mastery, he has revolutionized process, product, and quality measurement methods in manufacturing systems. He has designed and implemented automated systems to replace, improve, or quantify subjective evaluations involving real-time product defect detection, skin sciences, fluid flow, thermodynamic modeling, biometrics, marketing, and consumer research.
Steven H. Mersch
President, Point Source, Inc.
Mr. Mersch founded Point Source, Inc. in 1992, to facilitate the incorporation of new photonic (electro-optic) technologies into products, focusing primarily in the medical field. To the present time, Mr. Mersch has established long term business relationships with Becton Dickinson, Johnson & Johnson, Beckman Coulter, Procter & Gamble, Pitney Bowes, and Diebold among others. He has developed products for these companies and through the manufacturing capability of Point Source, Inc. he is currently supplying these products. He has won and completed an SBIR contract with NASA for space based medical diagnostic devices. Point Source, Inc. is a financially successful and growing business. (www.pointsource-inc.com)
Prior to this, Mr Mersch was a Senior Scientist at Ethicon Endo-Surgery (A Johnson & Johnson Co.), and was the project leader in the development of new surgical tools to be used in minimally invasive surgery. Projects included developing a glare eliminating filter for laparoscopes, investigating optical biopsy for intraoperative diagnostics, investigating applications of diode lasers to minimally invasive surgery and developing new techniques and instruments to maintain hemostasis endoscopically.
Between 1984 and 1991, Mr Mersch was a Research Physicist at Becton Dickinson Polymer Research – involved in the research and development of novel electro-optical devices for the medical field. This included new medical devices, improvements to existing products, and devices for and improvements to high volume production lines. He worked on new products and product improvements for the diagnostic business, including conception through pre production prototype. His products included blood analysis devices and bacteria sensing devices.
Mr. Mersch was involved in the University of Dayton Research Institute High Energy Laser test program with the USAF, as an Associate Research Physicist. This involved off-site testing and subsequent reporting to Air Force sponsors. He worked extensively in holography and Infrared studies while at the Research Institute. His last two years there were spent primarily in establishing and leading research for industrial sponsors. Mr. Mersch also taught Physics classes part time at the Sinclair Community College and the University of Dayton.
Mr. Mersch has a B.S. degree in Science Education, Miami University, Ohio, 1977, an M.S. degree in Physics – Graduated Cum Laude (emphasis Biophysics) and Miami University, Ohio, 1979. Mr. Mersch has 30 issued patents, and three patents pending.
Solutions Architect Industries, KX
Experienced Software Solutions Engineer with demonstrated history of working in the telecommunications industry, manufacturing, utilities, transport and others. Skilled in complex IT/OT Enterprise Environments, BSS, OSS, SOA, EAI, Business Process Design, BAM, Streaming Analytics, Databases, Professional Services, and Software as a Service (SaaS) in the Cloud, on Premise and at the Edges.
Head of Industry 4.0 International Business, Orange Business Services
Werner Reuss is Head of Industry 4.0 International Business (IB) at Orange Business Services. In this role he is responsible for the development of the vertical business outside of France. The main tasks are strategy development, portfolio definition and implementation along with Go-To-Market setup for IB Regio. His work is based on close cooperation with customers and partners in key projects in the region.
Before moving to Orange Business Services in 2017, he worked for Microsoft in Germany and Central Eastern Europe for 16 years. During this time, he held various management positions in sales, business development and marketing.
Werner holds an MSc in Computer science from the University of Wurzburg
Head of International Sales, Endrich
Experienced International Sales & Marketing Manager and IT team leader with a demonstrated history of working in the electronic component distribution, IoT product development and IT area. Zoltán currently is the Head of International Sales at Endrich GmbH, a leading European Electronics Component Distribution and next to this position also leads the IoT Product Development Team. He has a strong professional background in international sales/IT management with a MSc degree and PhD studies behind, being focused in Electrical Engineering.
He has dozens of technical publications, several books in General Electronics, Electronics Design and IoT, presents in various technical conferences. Running websites for own technical white paper collection http://electronics-articles.com and in IoT Design https://e-iot.info Listed in BritishPedia’s Successful People of Hungary. Zoltán and his team have developed the Endrich IoT Platform, which will be presented on this event.