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09:00 - 09:20, Tom Ellis / Director at Brand Genetics

An experienced innovator & brand strategist, Tom leads insight and innovation consultancy Brand Genetics, having previously been Managing Director of Big Green Door and Director of Strategy & Research at 1HQ. Tom has extensive experience innovating with brands around the world and across categories - from beer in the US and China, to personal care in India, to white goods in Europe. He likes to move fast and break new ground and is constantly seeking for disruptive insights to help shape breakthrough opportunities - but ultimately he is passionate about helping clients find sustainable ways to grow their businesses and have a positive impact on consumers' lives.

09:20 - 09:50, Bruce Daisley / VP EMEA at Twitter

Can psychology and behavioural science help us fix the burnout epidemic at work. What can we do to re-engine work to maximise innovation and creativity? Bruce Daisley will take us through the latest action that firms are taking.

09:50 - 10:20, Cecilia MoSze Tham / Social Technologist at ALPHA Telefonica

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.

10:20 - 10:50, Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens / Business Designer & Innovation Consultant at Board of Innovation

We, humans, aren’t the center of the universe. We’re surrounded by an approximate of 8.5 million species, representing the 0.1% of successful innovators that survived evolution’s unforgiven test of time. How can we make sure that we keep being part of those “lucky” 0.1%?

Biomimicry encourages us to consult nature to gain insights into what makes innovations sustainable while creating conditions that are conducive to more life. It’s a creative problem-solving approach that inspires us to look at forms and functions, processes and behaviors, and entire (eco)systems. Biomimicry has inspired us to go from bullet-train to kingfisher-train, to learn from swarm intelligence to improve group-decision strategies, and to mimic the wood wide web to restructure entire organizations.

Learn more how we, at Board of Innovation, are experimenting with how to show biomimicry’s value and inspire corporate innovators to adopt it more broadly.

*Good news: We are part of nature!

11:10 - 11:40, Nicholas Horbaczewski / CEO & Founder at The Drone Racing League

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.

11:40 - 12:10, Mick McConnell / Former SVP, Head of Design Innovation at WeWork

Mick is a multi-disciplinary designer, retail leader, digital director and educator, with management experience in marketing, corporate retail management, architecture, environmental graphics, brand strategy, interactive design, digital strategy, graphic design, teaching and advertising.

As Head of Design Innovation, Mick leads the development of new product offerings from the scale of an object to that of space and even up to entire new businesses. All aspects of design, brand, marketing, operations and sales are connected to the roll-out stage. Prior to this role, as VP of Product Development at WeWork, Mick managed a team of over 50 designers, project managers, graphic designers, procurement specialists and accountants to adapt and implement many of the design processes he successfully created and deployed at both Chipotle and Starbucks. Mick has also held the role of Head of Special Projects. The team assisted in the development of new product lines and improved on existing projects. These projects included both Physical and Digital integration, brand experience, object cataloging and more for WeWork, WeLive, Rise and other projects yet to be deployed.

12:10 - 12:40, Hege Sæbjørnsen / Country Sustainability Manager 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.

12:40 - 13:10, Sara Monteabaro / Senior Officer Learning Community, Solve at MIT & Solver Teams

Solving the world’s most pressing problems through open innovation and partnership.
Solve was born out of MIT in 2015, a natural offshoot of MIT’s commitment to open innovation and MIT President L. Rafael Reif’s vision to ensure that everybody has a place at the problem-solving table. Each year, Solve selects the most promising Solver teams who will drive transformational change. It advances lasting solutions from tech entrepreneurs to address the world’s most pressing problems.

14:00 - 14:30, Caitlin Kalinowski / Head of Hardware, VR at Facebook

Caitlin Kalinowski heads up Hardware at Oculus, the team responsible for the mechanical architecture and product design engineering of the Oculus Go, Oculus Rift, Touch controller, and Quest. Before working at Oculus, Caitlin was a technical lead at Apple on the Mac Pro and MacBook Air lines, and was part of the original unibody Macbook Pro team. Caitlin received her BS in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University.

Caitlin is passionate about increasing the number of women and other underrepresented minorities in the fields of technology and design. She believes the next generation of products must be designed and engineered by people with different backgrounds and experiences in order to output the best possible product. Caitlin is on the strategic board of Lesbians Who Tech, a community that creates summits and network events around the world for over 30,000 LGBT women members and allies in technology. She lives in San Francisco.

14:30 - 15:00, Zsuzsanna Varga / Global Head of Digital Health Partnerships at Bayer

Zsuzsanna grew up in Heidelberg, Germany and has Hungarian roots. She has been working in the life science field for over 10 years in research, biotech, consulting and the Pharma industry. She holds a Biotechnology degree from Heidelberg University and obtained her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. During her studies she worked with several biotechnology startups with a focus on commercialization of new drug candidates. At Bayer she worked as a Business Consultant for the Pharma business unit in the areas of pricing, sales force effectiveness and patient support programs. Zsuzsanna is now heading the Global G4A Digital Health Partnership efforts at Bayer with the mission to change the experience of health. The G4A Partnerships initiative has a current portfolio of over 150 digital health startups in 12 countries that Bayer collaborates, invests and partners with.

15:00 - 15:30, Luke Mansfield / Chief Strategy Officer 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.

16:00 - 16:30, Gelong Thubten / Buddhist Monk, Meditation Teacher & Author

Everyone looks externally to find contentment, we think material possessions will unlock our happiness. How and why we need to look within, and connect to our true essence, in order to find peace. Everyone has the potential to be happy, after all, we're all 'hardwired' for happiness.
Gelong Thubten, a Buddhist monk who has worked with everyone from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs to Ruby Wax and Benedict Cumberbatch, explores the theme of happiness and explains how to bring meditation into our busy 21st century lives with simple exercises.

16:30 - 17:00, Wilson Smith / DNA Design Specialist at Nike

In design thinking, the diversity of the creative and end-user, is the spark that fuels innovation. Although for each of us, there is a comfort in all that is familiar, we are even more curiosity compelled in the discovery of new opportunities and ways of thinking. Empathy toward diverse people becomes a motivational phenomenon that if chosen, can drive the greatest design solutions. Wilson speaks about the necessary spark, exploration and mix required in design thinking to fully engage through empathy, the unique focuses of end-user needs.

17:00 - 17:30, Adriana Marais / Theoretical Physicist, Technologist and Aspiring Extraterrestrial

Dr Adriana Marais, theoretical physicist, technologist and aspiring extraterrestrial, believes that we are living at a unique point in the history of life on Earth. Developments in engineering and science are taking place at an unprecedented rate, and the expansion of our society beyond this planet is within reach.
In December 2020, she and her team will depart for an overwinter, off-world settlement simulation experiment in Antarctica to demonstrate community living and off-grid capabilities, from life-support to communication systems, in the harshest and most isolated environment on Earth. The expedition is an initiative of #ProudlyHuman; pioneering new frontiers in research and technology for a sustainable future on Earth, above and beyond.

17:30 - 18:00, Tom Ellis / Director at Brand Genetics

An experienced innovator & brand strategist, Tom leads insight and innovation consultancy Brand Genetics, having previously been Managing Director of Big Green Door and Director of Strategy & Research at 1HQ. Tom has extensive experience innovating with brands around the world and across categories - from beer in the US and China, to personal care in India, to white goods in Europe. He likes to move fast and break new ground and is constantly seeking for disruptive insights to help shape breakthrough opportunities - but ultimately he is passionate about helping clients find sustainable ways to grow their businesses and have a positive impact on consumers' lives.

08:30 - 09:00, Lotte Mikkelsen / Laughter Yoga Master Trainer

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!

09:00 - 09:10, Tom Ellis / Director at Brand Genetics

An experienced innovator & brand strategist, Tom leads insight and innovation consultancy Brand Genetics, having previously been Managing Director of Big Green Door and Director of Strategy & Research at 1HQ. Tom has extensive experience innovating with brands around the world and across categories - from beer in the US and China, to personal care in India, to white goods in Europe. He likes to move fast and break new ground and is constantly seeking for disruptive insights to help shape breakthrough opportunities - but ultimately he is passionate about helping clients find sustainable ways to grow their businesses and have a positive impact on consumers' lives.

09:10 - 09:40, Mr Bingo/ Artist

Mr Bingo will be speaking about procrastination, becoming a dominatrix by mistake, selling anything, tricking clients, rap, social media, doing the opposite, humour, being bored, High Treason, alternative careers, doing nothing and art amongst other things.

09:40 - 10:10, Stephen Gates / Head of Design Transformation at InVision

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.

10:10 - 10:40, Ben Strutt / Director Design & Front End Innovation at Cambridge Design Partnership

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.

11:00 - 11:30, Albert Mundet / Head of Barça Innovation Hub and Head of Knowledge at FC Barcelona

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.

11:30 - 12:00, Albert Shum / CVP of Design at Microsoft

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.

12:00 - 12:30, Cecilia Weckstrom / Sr Director, Diversity, Inclusion & People Innovation at LEGO

An intrapreneur and change agent, my passion is bringing out the best in people and brands through empowering creativity and innovation among consumers and employees alike.

My experience bridges product innovation, consumer experience, consumer insight, digital marketing/transformation, CSR engagement and now people innovation. Design thinking is what drives me to connect different business disciplines in pursuit of excellence, competitive advantage, consumer delight, and employee retention. Combining that with my MBA has helped me build a deep and practical understanding of strategy development and implementation. I’m fascinated by systems thinking and behavioral science in pursuit of innovation with consumers, customers, and employees for sustainable, long-term growth.

Beyond my work, I am a Trustee of the National Saturday Club and International Advisory Board Member of HEC Paris. I received my BA in Product Design in 2001 from Central Saint Martins and my TRIUM Executive MBA from HEC Paris, NYU Stern, and London School of Economics in 2012. Originally from Helsinki, Finland, I’m based in London, UK.

12:30 - 13:00, Maggie Philbin / CEO at TeenTech & Teenage UK students

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.

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.

14:10 - 14:40, Nancy Douyon / User Experience Research at Uber

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.

14:40 - 15:10, Ken Lashley / Artist at Marvel

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.

15:10 - 15:40, Rachel Stanford / Global Innovation Transformation Director 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.

15:40, Tom Ellis / Director at Brand Genetics

An experienced innovator & brand strategist, Tom leads insight and innovation consultancy Brand Genetics, having previously been Managing Director of Big Green Door and Director of Strategy & Research at 1HQ. Tom has extensive experience innovating with brands around the world and across categories - from beer in the US and China, to personal care in India, to white goods in Europe. He likes to move fast and break new ground and is constantly seeking for disruptive insights to help shape breakthrough opportunities - but ultimately he is passionate about helping clients find sustainable ways to grow their businesses and have a positive impact on consumers' lives.

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