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Innovation at Unilever

Rachel is currently the Global Innovation Transformation Director at Unilever. She is responsible for driving the growth ambition for innovation through the Lean like a start-up initiative embedding Lean principles and building capabilities across all brands, functions and geographies. This structured change programme is helping drive a full pivot on the way Unilever innovates, from multi-country big scale, up to agile small at speed relevant ideas rooted in innovation strategies. In the last 18 months she has curated the lean like a start-up programme that has seen over 1000+ internal founders complete bootcamps, building new brand launches, innovations and business processes across over 200 projects with circa 15% at 1st revenue moment live launch.

Her career to date includes time spent in the nuclear power industry with BNFL, ahead of a sponsored Ph.D placement with ICI for which is gained a doctorate in Chemistry. In 1998 she then joined Unilever on the graduate trainee scheme. At Unilever she has been a part of the global marketing teams responsible for innovation strategy and product philosophy for lowering cholesterol, creating “good clothes days” and encouraging people to do more by stopping them sweating! Rachel has built deep expertise in innovation development across R&D, Marketing, Local and Global posts bringing her full circle to transforming the way Unilever innovates utilising Lean principles.

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Barça Innovation Hub

Barça Innovation Hub is a key strategic project that aims to leverage FC Barcelona’s know-how to rethink the future of the sports industry. Barça Innovation Hub promotes research & innovation under an open and collaborative culture, working closely with leading brands, universities, research centres, and start-ups from around the world.

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The Responsibility of Design

Design impacts people’s lives. That impact can be positive or negative – and we are responsible for both. Today, as technology scales the planet and people’s experiences are tied up in an increasingly digital transformation, the role of “design” has come front and center. Everything is designed. Every screen, every interaction, every innovation has the potential to affect and alter human behavior. Every decision from the miniscule to the systematic has repercussions, many of which we’re only now coming to terms. How did we get here, and how do we be more responsible in the future? Join Albert Shum, CVP of Design at Microsoft, for a discussion on the unique power of design to ask why, to be thoughtful, and to build more responsible technology on behalf of humanity.

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Laughter Yoga

Kick off your second day at Global Innovation Forum with an invigorating shared laughter. Connecting with people is one of the keys to success and it is a well-known fact that people who have fun get more done. Your body and your mind have the opportunity to experience a true wake-up call-to-action in this Laughter Yoga session where Lotte will take you through a fun and bonding laughter session. You will get ideas of how to cope with stress, stay focused, create great relationships and wake up every day in a good mood!

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Panel Debate: Designing a Better World

Merle Hall is CEO of Kinneir Dufort, a world leading user-centred Innovation and product development consultancy. Merle joined KD in 2009 and in 2016 led a private-equity backed management buyout. She has 20 years’ experience in consultancy, an expert in Design Thinking, Strategy and Innovation, launching life-changing products and services globally for businesses such as Roche, AZ, Unilever, RB, Coca Cola and Raspberry Pi.

Merle sits on the board of Kerning the Gap, championing women in design leadership, as well as partnering with STEM organisations Teen Tech and the Big Bang, focusing on the next generation of innovators, designers and engineers.

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The Nobility Complex

Every design decision has the potential to include or exclude customers. Global Research emphasizes the contribution that understanding user diversity makes to informing these decisions, and thus to including as many people as possible. User diversity covers variation in capabilities, needs and aspirations. At Uber, the Global Scalable Research program is intended to influence product teams at HQ and around the world, to design and test in global regions: currently Mexico, India, Brazil. In this talk, I’ll discuss how we use Global Research to prioritize what product teams really need to build well and understand if their designs have relative ease of use that translates well to non-US users. Our Global Research priorities addresses some of the most challenging problems facing our global users today.

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Tomorrow’s Innovators

TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background. Our lively, focussed age appropriate initiatives help young people 8-18 understand their potential and raise their aspirations.

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Ken has always loved comics from when he was a young boy growing up in Toronto. His mother bought him his first book…Black Panther. Ken is pretty sure his mom never read the issue before she gave it to Ken…it was the Black Panther vs the KKK. A few years into his career Ken was given the opportunity to draw Black Panther with Hollywood producer Reggie Hudlin doing the writing. It was considered one the best runs in Black Panther history.

Ken has been comic book veteran working on such titles as Excalibur, X-caliber age of Apocalypse, Black Panther, Xmen, Spiderman, Flash, JLA, Superman, Superman- DOOMED and others. Outside of comics ken has worked for Hasbro, Lucasfilm, Mattel and Fox Sports, creating designs for such line as G.I Joe, Transformers, Spiderman, Avengers and Star Wars. The work created for Fox Sports was nominated for a Emmy.

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Ben leads Cambridge Design Partnership’s design and front end innovation activities, and is a partner in the business. An industrial designer and Chartered Marketer, he was a lead member of the design team for Dyson’s original ‘ball vac’, and is recognised in numerous patents and design registrations. His perspective on innovation is founded on 20 years of global insight, and end-to-end product development experience working with businesses ranging from start-ups, to some of the biggest consumer goods and healthcare brands in the world.

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Emotional innovation: A new approach to finally breaking through

Digitalization is adding complexity and isolation to our work and lives, our companies are dysfunctional, we aren’t sure where our careers are going and we never admit to any of those problems in public. Creative people have the opportunity to affect business in ways we haven’t seen since the Industrial Revolution yet too many of us don’t know how to get our voice heard, deal with imposter syndrome or how to create the real change we all want. In this session, Stephen Gates will share the challenges, insights, and solutions he has seen as part of the world’s largest study of design maturity done by InVision and through his work as Head Design Evangelist coaching and teaching some of the world’s biggest brands and best design teams.

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