Vonlanthen Group of Companies is thrilled to be presenting the 7th Annual R&D Process Excellence & Product Innovation Summit in Barcelona, Spain, on May 21st and 22nd, 2020.Read more
Vonlanthen Group of Companies is thrilled to be presenting the 7th Annual R&D Process Excellence & Product Innovation Summit in Barcelona, Spain, on May 21st and 22nd, 2020.
This Summit will continue its tradition of providing a multifunctional platform for R&D, process excellence and innovations experts to come together and exchange their experiences in better delivery, adoption and scale of innovative solutions and business models through the power of emerging tools, methods and technologies, and to network with the key stakeholders.
Join us as we continue exploring the practical technical and business solutions, and lessons learned in the ongoing debate of R&D process excellence. See you in May 2020!
Chief Executives, Directors, Vice Presidents, Department Heads, Leaders and Managers specialising in:
César Vega is the Americas R&D Director for Innovation & Product Expert teams for Barry Callebaut. He has over 15 years of experience in the areas of Innovation and Innovation management in the food industry across different geographies (Mexico, India, UK, The Netherlands, and the US).
He earned his MSc & Ph.D. in Food Science from the University of Guelph (Canada) & University College Cork (Ireland), respectively. His passion for the science of cooking drove him also to obtain a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu (Canada) and later to edit & co-author the book “The Kitchen as Laboratory: Reflections on the Science of Food & Cooking” (Columbia University Press, 2012).
Throughout his career, he has developed a deep technical & consumer understanding of a wide spectrum of areas including ice cream, cocoa & chocolate, nougat, pulses, and meat alternatives. He has worked for leading FMCG companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever, and Mars, Inc. He is an advisory board member for Ergo Biosciences SAS, a biotech start-up developing vegetable cell tissues able to express animal proteins such as myoglobin and casein.
Since June ‘19, as R&D Director at Barry Callebaut, he is responsible for the co-creation of the innovation agenda for the Americas for the deployment of technical expert support of innovation projects and the continuous development of the Regional technical talent pipeline.
Dr. Vega has a passion for understanding how individuals assign value to food and how that shapes their choices. He has embedded a Design Thinking approach to innovation for more than eight years. He is convinced that organizations must focus on value proposition design as opposed to mere product development.
He is also a consummated cook. He was an expert reviewer for Myhrvold’s Modernist Cuisine; he is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Gastronomy and Food Science (Elsevier) and Food Biophysics (Springer) and has appeared as a Food Science expert for National Geographic’s documentary series “The history of Latin Food in America.”
He lives with his wife Elizabeth, his son Lucas and daughter Josephine in the suburbs of Chicago.
Mehdi is on a mission to transform businesses through innovations, digital and disruptive thinking. After having started his career in a Swiss IT start-up, Mehdi joined the European headquarters of Procter & Gamble in 2007 and is now Global Digital Transformation Operations Director, at Coty, a leading beauty company. His passion for education led him to also be a University Lecturer on Global Innovation Management for graduate students, a public speaker and a start-up coach & trainer.
Nishtha Gupta brings over 9 years of global technology experience in the pharmaceutical, healthcare, and biotech IT industry. Nishtha held various roles in data analytics and business analytics and intelligence.
Nishtha is currently a Business and Technology Consultant at GlaxoSmithKline and works in R&D space on emerging digital technologies and intelligent automation initiatives such as RPA, AI/ML chatbots, and advanced analytics.
She holds an Engineering degree in Biotech along with dual master’s degrees – MS in Biotechnology from Georgetown University and MBA. She also holds a certificate in AI from MIT.
She has a strong passion for data, science, and technology. In addition to technology, Nishtha is very passionate about developing programs on gender parity and organizational leadership development and leads programming and facilitation for GSK’s Women Leadership Initiative and GSK’s Tech Inclusion and Diversity Council. She also leads programs for Healthcare Business Women Association’s (HBA) and is Global Lead for HBA at GSK.
Luisella Giani, EMEA business innovation director at Oracle, has over 15 years of international experience leading digital strategy, operations and product development. Following a degree in artificial intelligence, she started her career with iconic brands of the digital age, such as Skype, Netlog and Lycos. More recently she has been helping global businesses, such as Yellow Pages, Goodyear-Dunlop and DuPont Coating, with their digital transformations. Her role at Oracle is to help companies to continuously innovate and realize new digital experiences.
Dr. Frank Möbius is responsible for the technology scouting within the open innovation unit of the research division of BMW Group. In this context he coordinates the Asian technology offices of BMW Group and collaborates amongst others closely with the BMW Startup Garage and the BMW tech offices in the Silicon Valley and Singapore. In this role he is the central “Technology Matchmaker” between external innovation sources and the needs of his R&D partners and creates periodically a cross-industry, outside-in technology forecast. Before that he was responsible for series development of high-voltage batteries and the industrialisation of batteries and electric engines at BMW Group for more than 10 years. Frank holds a diploma of mechanical engineering of the University of Stuttgart and received his doctorate at the University of Kaiserslautern in production automation and robotics.
Tim is a change practitioner in the area of innovation and excellence based on 10 years in consulting firms and 10 years in multinational corporations. In many projects he successfully introduced human centric leadership, cross-silo relationships and meaningful purposes. He is working with teams to accelerate innovation, collaboration and agility; as a result, improving their motivation and excellence in today’s dynamic and competitive business environment. He is pushing the idea of People Excellence. His work is based on intrinsic motivation and he is passionate about positive leadership that drives extraordinary results. He is regarded as an inspiring facilitator and coach for the people side of business. Peers appreciate his persistence, entrepreneurship and creativity. Originally from Switzerland, he has been working for the better part of his career in the Asian region.
Yunil Hwang, Ph.D. is Executive Vice President at CJ CheilJedang. He is the Head and Director of CJ Blossom Park which is the Research Complex of CJ group. Before he joined to CJ, he has spent a year at Seoul National University as a Professor of Industrial Relations, working in the field of Electric vehicles with battery. Dr. Hwang was also working at Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) of Samsung Electronics and held the position which was Head of Energy Lab leading researches for advanced Li-ion Batteries. Dr. Hwang began his Samsung career in 2010 as a Vice President of Strategic Planning group. Recently, he has moved to CJ, managing the group research complex and working in the fields of Advanced Bio and Food technology for future growth. Dr. Hwang oversees the work being done to enhance not only competitiveness of current business but, new business by expanding research platform, create innovative research culture, and build global R&D infra for sustainable growth. Prior to joining Samsung Fine chemicals, Dr. Hwang was Vice President for Arthur D. Little Korea, where he worked on several consulting projects in areas of electronics, chemistry, and energy. Prior to joining Arthur D. Little, Dr. Hwang was the Director of Technology Strategy Team at LG Chem Ltd. Dr. Hwang holds a B.S. in Chemical Technology from Seoul National University in 1987 and a M.S. in Chemistry from Western Illinois University in U.S.A. in 1989. He earned his Doctor’s degree in Chemistry/Chemical Physics from Carnegie Mellon University in U.S.A. in 1996. In 2005, he also received a certificate of MOT (Management of Technology) from California Institute of Technology. Recently, he has completed a certificate program, “Nanotechnology-based Intellectual Property Enterprise Program” at Seoul National University in 2019.
Jordi Ràfols is founder and CEO of Innoget.com, one of the largest online Open Innovation Networks. He has more than 20 years’ experience working on Open Innovation and technology transfer and in the Internet business. He has been directly involved in hundreds of Open Innovation projects in a wide range of different industries and, he has worked with several International Companies in the evaluation, development and deployment of their Open Innovation programs. As part of the Catalan National program “Startup Catalonia”, he acted as a business coach for technology-based Startups helping them to develop and implement their strategy and accelerate business growth. He has been managing partner at Science2Society.eu, one of the largest EU funded projects in the field of technology transfer and Open Innovation aimed at developing new processes to enhance Industry-Academia collaboration. Jordi holds an MBA at ESADE Business School and a Corporate Finance degree at ie (Instituto de Empresa in Madrid) and has been involved in Corporate Venture and valuation projects. As innovation conference speaker he has shared his view on Open Innovation and collaborative R&D and innovation ecosystems in many international and cross-industries events in Berlin, London, Edinburgh, Boston, Paris, Singapore and Barcelona. He has also given lectures to MBA program alumni at ESADE Business School on on-line Open Innovation business models.
Adrian has been leading technology teams in Spain, the UK, France and China for more than 15 years, combining global leadership experience and best-in-class R&D with responsibilities in strategy, product and business development. In his current role as Global Head of Consumer IoT at Nestlè, Adrian and his team lead the design and development of the company’s IoT roadmap, bringing the latest IoT technologies to the Food & Beverage industry and consumers all over the world. Before joining Nestlé, Adrian led the design, development and manufacturing of wearables as CTO for Nestwork. Prior to this, he worked for Motorola in the UK, France and China where he developed Apps & Services strategies and was leading Motorola’s Asia Ecosystem & Partnership Management.
Alain Bindels studied at Stanford University and is a trained agile coach (design thinking, scrum) with experience in human- and patient-centric design of health care and has been working more than 10 years at Roche in different roles. He has extensive innovation management experience (setting up innovation lab, innovation programs, open innovation, crowdsourcing, knowledge management and innovation culture). In addition, he is leading an innovation network at Roche to support the business to innovate and run innovation workshops to solve business challenges. Alain is currently setting up an innovation and agility program to build new capabilities in the organisation to support the organisational transformation. This program focusses on agile ways of working, including rapid prototyping and co-creation with customers. This program supports the company’s transformation to move the organisation to a more self-organised organisation.
Passionate about digital transformation, Thibaut got a multidisciplinary background in engineering and design. To diversify his skills he worked in multinational and startup environments in international contexts. For Thibaut, diversity and collaboration enrich the designs and the experiences we provide to users. Technic, design, business and humans work together to design better transition. Thibaut lives his passion about design mentoring students as well.
Luboš is focused on end-to-end global transformations in technologies and ways of working globally and on building a functional entrepreneurial network locally. Changing ideas into invoices is his passion as well as combining LEAN, User Experience, Change Management, Psychology, Agile or Design Thinking in different conditions of corporations, start-ups and NGOs. Luboš believes that ability to find unexpected synergies and to bridge people with various capabilities is essential to solve complex challenges, boost creativity, convert innovation into actions and get sustainable business results fast. His engineering and financial backgrounds help. The key competence he keeps on exploring though is how to turn systems to eco-systems, organisations to organisms, employees to intrapreneurs and hierarchies to communities.
Alain owns a MSc. in Biochemistry / Physico-chemistry and a Ph.D degree from Dermatology Unit at University Hospital, Besancon, FR. Prior to join Oriflame, Alain worked for 12 years at Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique, Toulouse, in skin delivery/metabolism & new active ingredients discovery. In 2009, Alain joined Oriflame, and now is heading “Skin Research Institute, Open Innovation and Clinical Evaluation & Scientific Communication” Units. The team focus is to identify global skin health needs, then design and develop innovative plant-based actives technologies, including consumer friendly product’s communication. With almost 25 years of expertise in Cosmetic research, about 60 scientific publications and several patents, Alain is passionate about skin aging, how to improve skin health and to enhance Beauty, by exploring the latest scientific and technology innovations and further translate them into consumers solutions. If further interested in Oriflame Research & Products, follows Alain’s Instagram account, @alainmavon.
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6th Annual R&D Process Excellence Summit