Allard Marx started his career in consumer goods with Colgate Palmolive, Amatil and London International Group. After 4 years with what was then the world's leading strategic corporate branding agency as Client Services Director for Europe he started his own consulting firm, INCIDE, 25 years ago.
His interest in water pollution led him to start Aethic with Sôvée, the world’s only sunscreen to have a scientifically proven and patented coral-safe and ecocompatible formula. Aethic’s product range has expanded and is now stocked by luxury hotel groups, airlines and high-end retailers.
Gus Desbarats MDesRCA, D.I.C , B.Eng, FCSD is the Chairman of British Industrial Design Association and Visiting Tutor at the Visiting Tutor. Gus has been leading top-level design consultancies in the UK since the late 80’s. His work has won countless design awards and touches the lives of tens of millions of people every day. He is the founder of Alloy, a leading Industrial-Design consultancy working across product, interaction, service design and strategy. In addition to directing Device Design for BT, Gus is currently leading a number of projects in connected service system design and the Internet of Things. Gus is also widely published and a regular speaker on Experience Led innovation strategies and more widely on the challenging, ever changing, relationship between human behaviour, technology and organisations.
Matthew Cockerill is a Creative Director as Seymourpowell, a Design & Innovation company based in London with a 30 year track record of delivering innovation to the market. He works in the space where people, technology and brands meet to create compelling products and experience. He has worked in both external design consultancies as well as in-house for Samsung in Seoul. He works on a diverse range of projects from front end projects that require broad open thinking to explore possible future design visions 5-10 years out, through to the design of highly constrained catergory defined products that go to market.
Stefan Jaroch studied chemistry at the University of Bonn and Munich, followed by a postdoc stay at the University of California, Irvine. He worked in various roles within the medicinal departments of Schering AG in Berlin, Berlex Biosciences in Richmond, CA, and Bayer Schering Pharma in Wuppertal, before moving to his current position as Head of External Innovation Technologies within Bayer Pharma’s Drug Discovery unit with the responsiblities for partnering activities referring to early drug discovery assets, technologies, and services, also including open innovation approaches. Stefan also serves as Project Coordinator in IMI’s European Lead Factory and holds an honorary professorship at the chemistry department of the Philipps-Universität Marburg
Walid BENZARTI holds a Ph.D. in Microelectronics and an Executive MBA. He has been working for about 20 years in the Scientific Research field as a Scientist, Visiting Professor, Consultant and Executive for different International public Institutions, Universities and private companies like Thales, ST Microelectronics, Kodak, Mapper Lithography, The French Atomic Energy Commission, The Korean Advanced Display Research Center, Ecole Polytechnique, The French Embassy in Singapore, Kyung Hee University… In his present position and as the Director for Innovation, Research and Technology at Thales Group, he is in charge of the follow up of the innovation, Research & Technology roadmap establishing a strategy from Breakthrough Technology development to innovative Business models in cooperation with worldwide public research institutions and start-ups in the Land and Air Systems domains
Cris Beswick originally trained as a product & industrial designer has spent over a decade as a successful entrepreneur & CEO building an award-winning design group. He is now recognised globally as a thought leader on strategic innovation and creating innovative organisations and works globally as a strategic advisor on innovation.
Cris is the Founder of Innovation Thought Leadership Website The Future Shapers, Director of Innovation Consulting at Culture Consultancy, Strategic Advisor on Innovation at Wazoku and a Visiting Fellow at the Cranfield School of Management and Centre for Customised Executive Development. He specialises in working with CEOs and senior teams and has coached, advised and delivered keynotes to some of the world’s most successful companies on how to become exceptional by building game-changing innovation capability and embedding it into organisational culture.
Cris is also the author of the book 'The Road to Innovation’ and co-author of ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’. As well as authoring numerous white papers Cris has also contributed to articles for The Times, Financial Times and The Sunday Telegraph to name but a few.
Hannes Erler holds the position of “Director Open Innovation Networks” at Swarovski Professional.
International key-note speaker with special knowledge in central subjects of innovation management, especially in earlier phases of innovation like idea development, networking of the innovation actors outside and inside of the company. In recent years specialization on open innovation with focus on inter-organizational collaboration and strategic alliances. Invited to talk at over 20 conferences and innovation events in 2014 and 2015 on international level. Winner of the “Best Open Innovation Award 2015” from Zeppelin University Friedrichshafen in the Categorie “Open Innovation Networks”. In previous functions, among others, also responsible for the operation of a cross-functional innovation incubation group, called i-LAB as well as for heading the product development department. The 1960 born mechanical engineer underwent several executive trainings, among others, at the Harvard Business School and at the IMD in Lausanne; additional trainings in systematic organisational development as well as in systematic coaching.
Nicolas is Innovation Senior VP at Orange Vallée, an agile entity within Orange Innovation division. Serial innovator, both forward thinker and hands-on project leader, Nicolas sets-up innovation centers, and creative business units. Nicolas leads crowdsourcing platform Imagine with Orange (Imagine.Orange.com), Intrapreneurs Studio, and structured Rapid Innovation framework (Rapidinnovation.fr). Tweeting at @nicobry, connected to start-ups ecosystem, mentoring entrepreneurs, and innovation speaker. Graduate from Engineering School Supélec and from HEC Business School.
Mike is Innovation Transformation lead for Philips in the areas of New Product Development and Launch and is responsible for the overall integration Philips HealthTech’s core Innovation end-to-end processes, key practices and ways-of-working in support of our business models, digital – and key markets ambition. In short: creating the novel innovation engine for and across Royal Philips.
In his role of Innovation Transformation lead, Mike has also created the foundation for the cross-company approach on Open Innovation. He is permanently aligned with the Chief Strategy and Innovation Office of Philips Healthcare.
He drives and supports both within Philips as well as with external companies to identify new areas of growth, supports decision making processes in the front end of innovation and facilitates in creating innovation roadmaps. He particularly has specialized in Open Innovation and has a track-record in mobilizing and engaging crowds for breakthrough innovation purposes or breakthrough organizational change.
Mike holds a MSc in Innovation and Technology from Erasmus University Rotterdam and Nanyang MBA, Singapore and an Executive Master of Business Innovation at the TiasNimbas Business School. Furthermore he coaches a number of high-tech startups in the field of market development.
Simon is an innovation leader and expert; co-founder of employee innovation software company Wazoku and tech evangelist. He is an active author, blogger and speaker on topics relating to collaborative innovation, crowdsourcing, co-creation, interpreneurship and more. His expertise has been recognised extensively, being awarded the prestigious title of Guardian SME Leader of the Year 2014 and noted as a Top 15 influencer in crowdsourcing both in 2013 and 2014. He is also an Angel Investor and advisor to several B2B and B2C early stage tech businesses.
Since January 2015, James Kornberg is Director Innovation for Air France Industries and KLM Engineering & Maintenance
After a bachelor degree in Aeronautical Engineering in London, a master of Air Transport Management at Cranfield and one year at Airbus, James Kornberg joined Air France in 1998..
He started in strategic planning at the airline and since 2001 in Air France Industries had professional experiences in marketing & sales for 5 years, long haul Airbus maintenance manager for line and base maintenance in CDG during 3 years with the A380 phase-in and Aerostructures Product & Business Development General Manager during 4 years with the launch of new nacelles repairs development with a new 40 MEUR composite shop and expanding capabilities on new product nacelles.
Vareska van de Vrande is Professor of Collaborative Innovation and Business Venturing at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University. Vareska joined RSM in 2007 after completing a PhD in Industrial Engineering and Management Science at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
Vareska's expertise focuses on the areas of corporate venturing and collaborative innovation, including external technology sourcing, corporate venture capital investments, strategic alliances, joint ventures, and mergers and acquisitions. Other research interests include (corporate) entrepreneurship, patents, and venture capital. She has published articles in leading academic journals, including the Strategic Management Journal, the Journal of Product Innovation Management, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, and the Journal of Business Venturing. At RSM, Vareska teaches courses and modules in Strategic Management and Corporate Venturing at different levels.
In addition, Vareska is also the director of the Part-time PhD Programme in Management at RSM, a visiting professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland, the founder of two web-portals on open innovation (www.openinnovatie.nl and www.openinnovation.eu), and a certified LEGO SERIOUS PLAY facilitator.
Nisha Bakker (1978) grew up in a multicultural environment with an Indian Portugese mother and Dutch father. International development has always been an important topic within the family. Corporate Social Responsibility complemented this topic during her studies at Maastricht University and more specifically when studying abroad in Bogota, Colombia and while conducting research on the effects of a company’s social image for her master thesis in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After obtaining her master degree Nisha started her career at Unilever as a brandmanager. Since switching to UNICEF 15 years ago, Nisha has worked both in the Netherlands and several countries in West and Central Africa in the areas of resource mobilisation, communication, CSR and partnerships being involved in setting up and managing UNICEF’s global partnerships with multinationals such as ING, KLM and Philips as well as leading UNICEF’s partnerships team in the Netherlands. In 2015 Nisha stepped down from her management role to take up a senior role in the partnerships department and to pursue her PhD on the creation of effective partnerships for the Sustainable Development Goals, supporting UNICEF in the transition from transaction based partnerships to transformative partnerships. She lives in Rotterdam, the Netherlands with her husband and 2 children.
Pascal is the CTO for large accounts in EMEIA where he drives digital business innovation and transformation. He is the former CTO of Delta Lloyd and has a background in IT strategy, Enterprise Architecture and Innovation and worked for many governments, inter-organizational projects, insurance companies and banks. Besides his strategic business focus and his knowledge of multiple business domains like marketing, online and entrepreneurship he has a very strong background in IT with in-depth knowledge of many IT topics
Trevor is European Director for Emerging Science & Innovation, Discovery Sciences in Janssen. He is responsible for developing value-added partnerships using J&J assets and capabilities in association with high value external science. This is achieved through partnership with various J&J Innovation groups.
He joined Janssen in 2003 where he formed the Molecular Informatics group to focus on structural biology, biophysics & computational methods for ligand identification and optimisation in all phases of pre-clinical drug discovery process.
Prior to Trevor’s current Johnson & Johnson/Janssen career, he headed the worldwide Computational Chemistry Council for Novartis from 1997 – 2003. He also led several immunology projects which resulted in successful clinical candidates for the respiratory disease therapeutic area. From 1990 – 1997 Trevor worked for Lilly establishing their computational chemistry department in the UK. He was simultaneously a visiting researcher at the University of Oxford with Prof Graham Richards.
Trevor’s first degree was in Chemistry at the University of Exeter was followed by a PhD at the University of East Anglia on small molecule conformation. From 1988 – 1990 he was a postdoctoral researcher at SUNY, Buffalo, USA studying glucosidase inhibition for applications to HIV.
Trevor serves on several UK MRC and EPSRC scientific advisory bodies and boards. He is a Board member on the Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC) and recently formed the Phenomics Discovery Initiative with Dundee, Edinburgh and Oxford Universities.
Dr. Dirk Voelkel, Chief Technology Officer, Innovation and Analytics Life Science joined GE Healthcare Life Sciences in July 2012. In his role he manages the R&D and technology portfolio of GE Life Sciences and Life Science innovation activities. Previously, Dr. Voelkel headed the Research and Technology department in Roche Diagnostics Diabetes Care Mannheim, developing new technologies to address the needs of diabetic patients world wide. In prior roles he was a technology scout in the San Francisco bay area and a project leader in R&D, developing systems for glucose monitoring. Before joining industry, Dr. Voelkel was a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institut for Fluid Dynamics in Göttingen, Germany and Sandia National Laboratories, Livermore, CA. He received a doctorate and diploma for Physics of the University of Göttingen. Dr. Voelkel holds 8 patents.