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ABSTRACTS & PRESENTATIONS

Alexa Dembek

Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer

  • Digital Transformation & New Technologies
  • Innovation for Sustainability & Circularity
  • 2022 – Virtual

Putting Inclusive Culture at the Heart of Digital, Sustainability and Innovation

Conversation with Alexa Dembek, DuPont’s Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer

In this session, David Weinberger, Senior Fellow at Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and Writer in Residence at Google People + AI Research, talks to Alexa Dembek, about how to put put inclusive culture at the heart of digital, sustainability and innovation.

Judd Knight

Chief Digital and Technology Officer. Pan-Europe

  • 2022 – Virtual

Accelerating Digital – Organizing for Innovation, New Digital Experience in Food, Leveraging AI & Robotics

Yum! Restaurants International is accelerating its digital transformation, in line with increased digitalization in the QSR and Food Industry, driven by consumer habits and accelerated by COVID. In this presentation, Judd Knight will talk about how approaching innovation, and challenges being met with Automation and AI. He will share challenges and learnings on:

  • Digital and Ecommerce Innovation in QSR
  • New E-commerce Channels/Consumer experiences and the future of food
  • Developing Solutions with AI, Big Data and Robotics to meet QSR challenges
  • Automated Restaurants and New Team Member Experiences
  • Organizational Structure and Talent
  • Meeting the needs for incremental and disruptive innovation including talent acquisition and development, training, agile process and org design

Alfred Jones

Vice President, Hardware Engineering

  • 2022 – Virtual

Innovation in a World of Uncertainty and Rapid Change

Alfred Jones, Vice President for Hardware Engineering at Peloton and former Head of Mechanical Engineering & Manufacturing | Level 5, Self-Driving Division at Lyft meets up with Jody Kelman, currently the Head of Lyft Autonomous to talk about innovation in a world of uncertainty and rapid change.

Ina Wanca

VP of Product and Innovation at Mastercard; Adjunct Professor at NYU

  • Digital Transformation & New Technologies
  • 2022 – Virtual

Emerging Technologies and Breakthrough Innovation in Large Organizations

In this discussion, Ina Wanca, VP of Product and Innovation at Mastercard and Adjunct Professor at NYU, Yaad Oren, Head of SAP Innovation Center Network, and Scott Fagan, Director, R&D External Innovation at PepsiCo will touch upon – among other things – the challenges in delivering scaled breakthrough innovation in large companies, and the various organizational tensions that make doing this challenging depending on how a company is set up what its core business is about and it’s priorities.

Hari Nair

VP R&D Smart Products and Digital Ecosystem - Fabric & Home Care

  • Culture, People, Leadership & Agility
  • 2022 – Virtual

Organizing for Disruptive and Breakthrough Innovation: Applying Learnings to Create Businesses of Tomorrow

In this fireside chat, Hari Nair, Vice President for R&D Smart Products Digital Ecosystem at Procter & Gamble, together with Gina O’Connor, Professor of Innovation Management at Babson College, talks about how large mature corporations can organize and manage for breakthrough innovation.

Eric Peeters

VP of Sustainability, Performance Materials & Coating

  • 2022 – Virtual

Sustainability – Leading the transformation

The transition towards a low-carbon economy is one of the fundamental challenges society is facing. Dow stands at the center point of this effort, connecting thousands of suppliers with thousands more customers and end-consumers.

In his presentation Eric Peeters, Vice President for Sustainability for Dow’s Performance Materials & Coatings Business Segment will explain Dow’s path towards carbon neutrality. He gives a glance at the steps Dow takes to lower the carbon footprint by decarbonizing its global asset base and also showcases the critical role advanced materials play in enabling a more sustainable society. Eric will cover examples from markets such as construction, home care, personal care or automotive.

Grzegorz Ombach

EVP, Head of Group Strategy and Innovation

  • Digital Transformation & New Technologies
  • 2021 – Virtual

Business Model Innovation to Transform the Automotive Industry

Greg Ombach is the Executive Vice President and Head of Group Strategy and Innovation at Dräxlmaier and in this talk, Greg will share his learnings about:

  • Recent changes in the automotive sector impact innovation
  • New technologies, players and end customers forcing legacy players to pivot
  • Value chain changes and their implications on innovation
  • Startups and motorsport help to speed up time to market

Line De Decker

SVP, Head GSK Transformation Office

  • 2022 – Virtual

Managing Large Scale Organisational Transformations

In a discussion with Karolina Lewandowska (Google), Line de Decker (GSK) shares her learnings on the cultural change do’s and don’ts as well as building new organisational and leadership capabilities among others when managing large scale transformations within a large organization.

Lawrence Abrahamson

Co-Director, D-Ford Design Thinking

  • 2022 – Virtual

Making Design Thinking Commonplace as a Core Tool for Innovation

Lawrence Abrahamson is Co-Director for D-Ford Design Thinking at Ford Motor Company and in this session, he will share his experiences shifting from a being an outside force for innovation change to being inside a large, 118-year-old legacy company — leading the team in charge of championing Human-Centered Design, during one of the most disruptive times in the industry. During this inflection point, Lawrence shares how they spread behaviors and mindsets of Design Thinking throughout the company as well as their team’s approach, challenges, and how they plan to embed practices to help shift the ways of working and compete in the new age of mobility.

  • Customer Centric Innovation & Design Thinking
  • 2022 – Virtual

How to Enable a Human Centered Culture in Large Organizations

In this fireside chat, Ingo Rauth, Adjunct Professor in Professional Development at IE Business School, together with Lawrence Abrahamson, Co-Director, D-Ford Design Thinking at Ford Motor Company, discusses how to enable design thinking in large organizations while drawing upon Lawrence’s vast experiences as an external and internal change agent as well as Ingo’s research experience and interests.

Rita McGrath

Author and Professor
Awarded #1 in Thinkers50

  • Culture, People, Leadership & Agility
  • 2022 – Virtual

Leading Strategically Under Uncertainty

Coping with high levels of uncertainty has become reality. How can leaders move forward strategically when every day seems to throw up new and unexpected challenges? This talk describes five approaches that leaders can take to drive their strategies, even when they can’t plan for business as usual. It draws from Rita McGrath’s groundbreaking work on strategy in uncertain times.

Ann Meitz

Vice President, Sustainability & Packaging Innovation

  • 2022 – Virtual

Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Prof. Jonatan Pinkse moderates a panel with Ann Meitz from 3M, and Erin Groot Hermsen from Unilever and Barry Waddilove from Electrolux. The discussion will touch upon the implications for the public and private sector, as well as opportunities and challenges for innovation and collaboration within the ecosystem.

Karolina Lewandowska

Global Change and Transformation Lead, Google Cloud

  • Culture, People, Leadership & Agility
  • 2022 – Virtual

Implementing Change Rapidly and at Scale

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  • 2022 – Virtual

Managing Large Scale Organisational Transformations

In a discussion with Karolina Lewandowska (Google), Line de Decker (GSK) shares her learnings on the cultural change do’s and don’ts as well as building new organisational and leadership capabilities among others when managing large scale transformations within a large organization.

Sophie Seiwald

Director IT People & Products

  • 2022 – Virtual

Creating a Culture of Speaking Up

In this session, Sophie Seiwald, Director IT People & Products at Mercedes-Benz AG, talks about the importance of psychological safety to promote and embody a culture of speaking up – regardless of one’s role or status – to make truly effective teams. In doing so, Sophie will also touch upon their ongoing initiatives as well as their successes and challenges for going against the status quo and making these changes happen.

Micah Kotch

Managing Director

  • 2022 – Virtual

Collaborating with Startups to Innovate Business Models and Reimagine City Life

With the growing popularity of ridesharing apps, and autonomous vehicles just around the corner, traditional car manufacturers are increasingly repositioning themselves as mobility companies. MINI launched URBAN-X two years ago to reimagine city life, and now has more than 30 companies in their portfolio. Micah Kotch will present his experiences in:

  • Building an ecosystem of urban tech startups working on interconnected urban issues alongside transport (housing, energy, waste, safety, etc.) to reimagine city life and make cities more efficient and liveable
  • Incubating startups and partnering with the venture capital investment fund Urban.Us to help early-stage startups turn ideas into viable solutions and businesses
  • The process of digital transformation that works most effectively for startups, multinational companies, and the government
  • 2022 – Virtual

Navigating the Path for Successful Corporate Startup Partnerships

Micah Kotch, Managing Director at Urban-X (BMW), Gaetana Sapienza, VP Global Startup Operations at ABB SynerLeap, and Phil Taylor, Global Open Innovation Lead at Bayer, discuss their experiences and takeaways from how they navigated each step of scaling successful partnerships: from identifying the right partners to funding to launching commercially viable products/services.

Estella Woo

Director, Corporate Venture Building

  • Culture, People, Leadership & Agility
  • 2022 – Virtual

Growing New Businesses & the Role of Mindsets

Estella Woo will talk about grow – Bosch’s internal incubator and platform for global start-ups and intrapreneurs. She will discuss how the platform grows new businesses on a global scale at high speed. Estella Woo will share insights on:

  • Introducing grow and the approach to building new businesses o Finding the ideal mix of people and building the organisational culture separate from the larger corporation
  • The need for an innovation mindset – from dealing with uncertainty through managing ambiguity to learning from failure
  • Managing challenges including navigating the organization and speaking the languages of both the corporation and innovation worlds.

Scott Fagan

Director, R&D External Innovation

  • Digital Transformation & New Technologies
  • 2022 – Virtual

Emerging Technologies and Breakthrough Innovation in Large Organizations

In this discussion, Ina Wanca, VP of Product and Innovation at Mastercard and Adjunct Professor at NYU, Yaad Oren, Head of SAP Innovation Center Network, and Scott Fagan, Director, R&D External Innovation at PepsiCo will touch upon – among other things – the challenges in delivering scaled breakthrough innovation in large companies, and the various organizational tensions that make doing this challenging depending on how a company is set up what its core business is about and it’s priorities.

Gaetana Sapienza

VP Global Startup Operations, SynerLeap

  • 2022 – Virtual

Navigating the Path for Successful Corporate Startup Partnerships

Micah Kotch, Managing Director at Urban-X (BMW), Gaetana Sapienza, VP Global Startup Operations at ABB SynerLeap, and Phil Taylor, Global Open Innovation Lead at Bayer, discuss their experiences and takeaways from how they navigated each step of scaling successful partnerships: from identifying the right partners to funding to launching commercially viable products/services.

Barry Waddilove

Sustainability Director, Development & Collaborations

  • 2022 – Virtual

Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Prof. Jonatan Pinkse moderates a panel with Ann Meitz from 3M, and Erin Groot Hermsen from Unilever and Barry Waddilove from Electrolux. The discussion will touch upon the implications for the public and private sector, as well as opportunities and challenges for innovation and collaboration within the ecosystem.

Erin Groot Hermsen

Global Portfolio Transformation Manager

  • 2022 – Virtual

Eating to Fix the Broken Food System: Our Sustainability Journey Learnings & Challenges

In this session, Erin Groot Hermsen, Global Portfolio Transformation Manager at Unilever will discuss how to set up collaborative partnerships between various organizations and and experts in food sustainability, agriculture, and nutrition. In doing so, she will also discuss their key challenges and how to measure successes.

  • 2022 – Virtual

Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Prof. Jonatan Pinkse moderates a panel with Ann Meitz from 3M, and Erin Groot Hermsen from Unilever and Barry Waddilove from Electrolux. The discussion will touch upon the implications for the public and private sector, as well as opportunities and challenges for innovation and collaboration within the ecosystem.

Yaad Oren

Head of SAP Innovation Center Network

  • Digital Transformation & New Technologies
  • 2022 – Virtual

Emerging Technologies and Breakthrough Innovation in Large Organizations

In this discussion, Ina Wanca, VP of Product and Innovation at Mastercard and Adjunct Professor at NYU, Yaad Oren, Head of SAP Innovation Center Network, and Scott Fagan, Director, R&D External Innovation at PepsiCo will touch upon – among other things – the challenges in delivering scaled breakthrough innovation in large companies, and the various organizational tensions that make doing this challenging depending on how a company is set up what its core business is about and it’s priorities.

Sharon Chan

Head JLABS @ Shanghai

  • Startup Collaboration & Ecosystems
  • 2022 – Virtual

Women-Led Startups and the Challenges and Opportunities of Driving Innovation

In this fireside chat, Sharon Chan from Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS will join Anastasia Georgievskaya from AI-based healthcare start-up and JLABS @ Shanghai resident company, Haut.AI, for a discussion of the opportunities and challenges for collaboration for early-stage start-ups developing new technologies. They will both share insights into their journeys as female leaders in healthcare innovation and delve into the importance of diversity, equity & inclusion in driving healthcare breakthroughs with the aim to improve the lives of people and patients everywhere.

Anastasia Georgievskaya

CEO

  • Startup Collaboration & Ecosystems
  • 2022 – Virtual

Women-Led Startups and the Challenges and Opportunities of Driving Innovation

In this fireside chat, Sharon Chan from Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS will join Anastasia Georgievskaya from AI-based healthcare start-up and JLABS @ Shanghai resident company, Haut.AI, for a discussion of the opportunities and challenges for collaboration for early-stage start-ups developing new technologies. They will both share insights into their journeys as female leaders in healthcare innovation and delve into the importance of diversity, equity & inclusion in driving healthcare breakthroughs with the aim to improve the lives of people and patients everywhere.

Graham Jones

Director of Innovation & Connected Health Research

  • 2022 – Virtual

How Diversity & Inclusion Fuel Innovation – Addressing Barriers and Building Cohesive Teams

Graham Jones will talk about how diversity and inclusion foster innovation. He will discuss strategies to build inclusive and diverse innovation teams. Graham will share insights on:

  • How diversity and inclusivity drive innovation – a brief recap of Novartis’ project results
  • The hidden barriers to inclusivity and diversity – from aversion to risk to hiring for homogeneity and the role of middle managers
  • Doing inclusivity right – from team dynamics to cross-cultural competencies of team members
    • The five factors that disrupt teams – and the strategies to foster openness, trust, candor, and psychological safety
    • Maximizing inclusivity through team forming, norming and operating principles – and leveraging moderators to enable and facilitate inclusivity
  • 2022 – Virtual

The Significance and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion for Innovation

Karina R. Jensen, Professor, Global Innovation & Leadership at NEOMA Business School, discusses with Graham Jones, Director of Innovation & Connected Health Research at Novartis about how diversity and inclusion can be transformational for innovation in large companies.

David Weinberger

Sr. Fellow (Harvard Berkman Klein Center), Writer in Residence (Google People + AI Research)

  • Digital Transformation & New Technologies
  • Innovation for Sustainability & Circularity
  • 2022 – Virtual

Putting Inclusive Culture at the Heart of Digital, Sustainability and Innovation

Conversation with Alexa Dembek, DuPont’s Chief Technology and Sustainability Officer

In this session, David Weinberger, Senior Fellow at Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and Writer in Residence at Google People + AI Research, talks to Alexa Dembek, about how to put put inclusive culture at the heart of digital, sustainability and innovation.

Gina O’Connor

Professor of Innovation Management

  • Culture, People, Leadership & Agility
  • 2022 – Virtual

Organizing for Disruptive and Breakthrough Innovation: Applying Learnings to Create Businesses of Tomorrow

In this fireside chat, Hari Nair, Vice President for R&D Smart Products Digital Ecosystem at Procter & Gamble, together with Gina O’Connor, Professor of Innovation Management at Babson College, talks about how large mature corporations can organize and manage for breakthrough innovation.

Jonatan Pinkse

Exec. Dir. Manchester Institute of Innovation Research; Prof. of Strategy, Innovation & Entrepreneurship

  • 2022 – Virtual

Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainability and Circular Economy

Prof. Jonatan Pinkse moderates a panel with Ann Meitz from 3M, and Erin Groot Hermsen from Unilever and Barry Waddilove from Electrolux. The discussion will touch upon the implications for the public and private sector, as well as opportunities and challenges for innovation and collaboration within the ecosystem.

Phil Taylor

Global Open Innovation Lead

  • 2022 – Virtual

Navigating the Path for Successful Corporate Startup Partnerships

Micah Kotch, Managing Director at Urban-X (BMW), Gaetana Sapienza, VP Global Startup Operations at ABB SynerLeap, and Phil Taylor, Global Open Innovation Lead at Bayer, discuss their experiences and takeaways from how they navigated each step of scaling successful partnerships: from identifying the right partners to funding to launching commercially viable products/services.

Karina R. Jensen

Professor of Practice in Global Innovation and Leadership

  • 2022 – Virtual

The Significance and Implications of Diversity and Inclusion for Innovation

Karina R. Jensen, Professor, Global Innovation & Leadership at NEOMA Business School, discusses with Graham Jones, Director of Innovation & Connected Health Research at Novartis about how diversity and inclusion can be transformational for innovation in large companies.

Stephan Vlieland

Senior Agile Coach & Hiring Manager at the Lean Agile Practice

  • 2022 – Virtual

Data-Informed Decision Making

In this session, Stephan Vlieland will share about their journey towards data-informed decision making and what steps can be taken to promote this approach within large organizations.

Shaun West

Professor for Product-Service System Innovation

  • Radical & Business Model Innovation
  • Digital Transformation & New Technologies
  • Customer Centric Innovation & Design Thinking
  • 2022 – Virtual

Innovating in Systems of Systems

Learning to understand different perspectives within complicated systems allows us to create sustainable innovation; but the problem is it’s really hard to do. We will use these to explain the systems of systems and the people around it, and the decisions that they are trying to make to allow us to become more fluent with innovation.

Ingo Rauth

Adjunct Professor in Design and Innovation Management

  • Customer Centric Innovation & Design Thinking
  • 2022 – Virtual

How to Enable a Human Centered Culture in Large Organizations

In this fireside chat, Ingo Rauth, Adjunct Professor in Professional Development at IE Business School, together with Lawrence Abrahamson, Co-Director, D-Ford Design Thinking at Ford Motor Company, discusses how to enable design thinking in large organizations while drawing upon Lawrence’s vast experiences as an external and internal change agent as well as Ingo’s research experience and interests.

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