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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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Innovation at Harley-Davidson

Luke Mansfield is Chief Strategy Officer of Harley-Davidson Motor Company, responsible for Strategy Development, Integrated Business Planning, Business Development, M&A, and Advanced Analytics and Insights.

Previously Luke was Vice President, Innovation for PepsiCo where he launched multiple $Bn global beverage platforms. Before PepsiCo, he led Innovation for Samsung Electronics and developed many successful global products & services from smart phones to TV’s and Home Appliances, delivering over $1.1Bn in incremental profit in 4 years.

Luke has served on the board of MassChallenge, a Boston based startup accelerator and on the advisory boards of a portfolio of early to mid-stage tech startups. Luke holds a master’s degree in chemistry from Oxford University and has lectured on Corporate growth at London Business School, Oxford University and London School of Economics. He judges the annual DBA design effectiveness awards and in 2015 was named in AdAge’s 40 under 40.

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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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Field Trip – Plexal Innovation Centre

Plexal is the east London coworking space dedicated to the innovators of the world: the makers, creators, thinkers, coders, rule-breakers and changemakers.
Our workspace has been designed to resemble a mini-city, so we have our very own indoor park, private phone booths, high street, town hall and workshop space for rapid prototyping (which comes stocked with 3D printers and scanners). Why? Because we believe innovators need two things: opportunities to connect with people and space to think or create in quiet. And cities do both those things – which is why they’ve been hotbeds of innovation for thousands of years.

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The Sport of the Future

Nicholas Horbaczewski is the CEO & Founder of the Drone Racing League (DRL), the premier international drone racing platform. Before founding DRL in 2015, Nicholas served as the Chief Revenue Officer of Tough Mudder, the largest mass participation running event series in the world, which grew to over 60 global events and $100mm in revenue during his time there. Prior to Tough Mudder, he developed an interest in multicopters while the Chief Information Officer of ADS, a $1.5b distributor of advanced hardware to the US government. Nicholas also co-founded Leeden Media, an entertainment company for feature-length independent films, and brings his love of production to his work at DRL.

Internationally recognized for building The Sport of The Future, Nicholas has been named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s 50 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs, selected to Crain’s 40 Under 40 list, credited by Fast Company for founding one of the Most Innovative Companies in the world, and awarded by Ad Age for creating the 2017 Startup to Watch.

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Sustainable Innovation at IKEA

Hege Sæbjørnsen is the Country Sustainability Manager for IKEA UK & Ireland, responsible for all aspects of the retailer’s sustainability strategy. Hege joined IKEA in May 2015 as Sustainability Expansion Manager, leading the integration of sustainability into the expansion agenda at a time of rapid growth for the business. She was a key member of the team behind the Greenwich sustainable store project, just launched, and has been instrumental in co-developing IKEA’s Role in Society strategic direction. Current focus areas include IKEA’s ambition to phase out single use plastics by 2019, enabling 1 billion people to live better lives, becoming a circular retailer, and fulfilling on our EV100 commitments.

Prior to joining IKEA, Hege led and developed cross sector social impact programmes and social and cultural enterprises, with the focus to tackle social, environmental and economic challenges in partnership with the likes of UnLtd, the Cabinet office, Big Lottery Fund and the Refugee Council.

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Metamorphosis 3.0: Humanity and Planetarism in the age of Technotransformation

An entrepreneur by heart, a designer and biologist by training, and a maker for life, Cecilia is as an innovation activist in empowering communities and organizations with exponential technologies. She is currently a social technologist at Alpha Telefonica. She is founder of several companies such as MOB, Makers of Barcelona, the largest co-working community in Barcelona, and FabCafe, digital fabrication lab meets coffee shop and allwomen.tech, an ai training school for women by women to build the next generation of women and tech. She is currently Singularity University Barcelona Chapter Ambassador and a recent fellow of SU at NASA Research Center at Ames. Cecilia received her Master as an architect at Harvard University as well as biology from Emory University. Cecilia is an adjunct professor at Parsons New School, a product strategy expert at Google Developers Group and a mentor at Google Launchpad and Harvard Innovation Lab.

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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.