Jesper Toubøl

Vice President Operations - Moulding Production

Jesper is the head of one of LEGO moulding sites and qualification factories which include both advanced mass manufacturing and maturing of new emerging technologies. Jesper has furthermore delivered organizational footprint and technology strategies within Product Design and Equipment ( Manufacturing – establishing Engineering centers in LEGO manufacturing sites in Singapore, Mexico and Denmark.. During his work Jesper has profound focus on how IoT can support his visions and enable the future – a true IOT-technology evangelist. Jesper has worked for LEGO in several roles. 1) Responsibility for R&D in Packaging and Processing (Decorations and Assembly) product line. 2) Responsibilities for product development execution for LEGO DUPLO , LEGO Games , LEGO Technic , LEGO Hero Factory – leading development teams through design, sourcing and marketing process from concept to finished product. 3) establishing logistics strategy, delivered turn around results in increasing differentiated services and reducing costs by e.g. outsourcing, consolidating sites and redefining logistic service offering.

Csaba Feher

Maintenance development manager

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Gustavo Cabral

Head of Production Department & Head of Autonomous Maintenance Pillar

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Adam Zawadzki

Innovations Senior Project Leader

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Dennis Schäfer

Head of Production Department & Head of Autonomous Maintenance Pillar

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Francesco Contini


Francesco Contini graduated in Aerospace Engineering in 2006. After a career start in mechanical design for the military and automotive sector, he started doing product management and marketing for a multinational company in the plumbing and water business, gaining knowledge and experience in the trade plumbing sector, as well as in managing agile teams in developing groundbreaking new products. Currently head of Strategic and Industrial Marketing for Aqua S.p.A., a medium-sized, Italian-based, manufacturing company for the water treatment industry, he’s in charge of developing strategic plans to ensure that the company’s positioning is always competitive in the international markets.

Director at AME

Dr Kauffman is the Director of the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering (AME) at Coventry University and a Fellow of the Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange. He has a strong academic background in innovation and business model transformation complemented by direct industrial experience and the track-record of successfully leading and delivering a successful large research intensive centre. He joined the AME in 2016 as Innovation and Digitalisation Director. In this role he led and delivered successful cross-disciplinary R&D projects in a mixed industrial and academic setting, bringing together researchers from different disciplines and sectors to derive viable solutions to complex business problems and conceptualise new collaborative methods that explore optimality in engineering-business contexts.

Prior to joining the Coventry University, Dr Kauffman worked for over 10 years in senior roles across the UK manufacturing industry, leading cross-disciplinary industrial R&D projects ranging from operational improvement projects, to IT/OT projects designed to integrate engineering teams and generate value.

In September 2021 Dr Kauffman launched a book titled Profiting from Industry 4.0: the road to future value in manufacturing aimed at providing manufacturing companies with an insight into how to maximise value creation from the implementation of Industry 4.0.

Global Director Plant of the Future

Starting as an electrical engineer installing and commissioning new production plants in the Steel and Aluminum industry I worked my way to major capital project management.

Building up new production sites for the Metal Beverage sector. Always being very interested in gathering and evaluating manufacturing and quality-relevant data.

In 2019 Ardagh Metal Beverage started the Industry 4.0 journey. All Manufacturing topics were grouped in the “Plant of the Future” activities. I was assigned

to lead the activities for the EU. Beginning of 2022 the “Global Plant of the Future” program was put in place. It was seen that this journey is not a project but

a transformation that needs to be Globally coordinated. Where I got the chance to lead Global activities.

Electrification Transformation Manager AMIEO

Aman Tripathi is Electrification Transformation Manager for Nissan Motors in Nissan AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe & Oceania) region with an International professional background. In her current role, he is working towards a shift from ICE vehicles to Electric Vehicles. Aman is passionate about the auto industry and how the new technologies can create value in people’s lives every day.

Martin Green

Head of Business Development

Martin Green has 25 years experience in process and industrial automation, working internationally in the chemical, energy and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining Cellnex, Martin held senior positions at Emerson, Control Techniques and Brush Industrial Controls, gaining valuable insights working with some of the world’s best known industrial organisations. Martin is a long-standing member and contributor at the InstMC and regularly participates in speaking engagements.

Dr. Romeo Ayemele Djeujo

Senior Corporate Security Manager- Leading Global Business Information Security

Leading Global Business Information Security at ZEISS Group, enabling the company to Securely & Resiliently implement the strategic agenda.

Carlos Alba

Chief Digital Officer Global R&D

Carlos Alba is Chief Digital Officer of ArcelorMittal Research and leads the its Digital Strategy and the links with the Business Units. In the recent past he used to lead the Digital and TechnoEconomic global research programs Worldwide within Global R&D in ArcelorMittal across divisions, regions and functions. Digital core technologies as artificial intelligence or mathematical optimization are systematically merged with ArcelorMittal value chain while we are advanced in others as industrial internet of things and big data analytics. This includes manufacturing (and mining), procurement, commercial, supply chain, logistics, finance, strategy and product development. Carlos joined the ArcelorMittal Global Research & Development corporate team in 2007 focusing his activity on artificial intelligence models applied to business optimization Companywide (Europe, Americas and ACIS).

He holds a PhD Master Science Degree in Computer Science from the University of Oviedo, Spain, where in parallel he taught for the last 14 years in its Engineering Schools (Mining, Industrial, Telecommunications and Computer Science).

Hariveer Dhingrat

New Digital Ventures, Global Digital Transformation & Corporate Venture Capital

Hariveer Dhingra is the Digital Venture Lead for Shell’s Lubricant business globally, where he leads the strategy, development and rollout of new business models and offers, by leveraging disruptive digital technologies. He joined Shell in 2012, and worked in Global Marketing, Pricing and most notably in Business Development and Strategy team for Shell Retail’s Fleet Solutions business (B2B).

Before joining Shell, Hariveer worked as a Product Manager at Microsoft for Azure DevOps team, building new Quality Assurance and Lab Management offerings (Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management suite). He holds a MBA from University of Oxford, and Bachelors in Technology from IIIT, India.

Hariveer has a track record of delivering excellent business results through successful delivery of strategic marketing initiatives, managing external relationships and launching differentiated offerings, with leading brands in the Energy and Technology sectors.

Petra Sundstroem

Head of Digital Business Development, Crushing and Screening

Petra Sundström has extensive experience of digitalization and IoT initiatives from leading roles in both industry and academia. As Head of Digital Business at Sandvik, Petra is responsible for leading the development and execution of Product Area Crushing & Screening’s digital agenda, driving the cultural and organizational shift required. Before Sandvik, Petra led similar work at Husqvarna Group. Up to 2014, she conducted research as part of RISE in the direction of digitalization and IoT (Internet of Things) and what it was to bring to everyday life. In this direction, Petra is today also chairman of the board for IoT Sweden – An Innovation initiative funded by Vinnova and Formas in the direction of what IoT will bring to the public sector in Sweden and Globally.

Heikki Rekola

Director Product Services Management

Bio coming soon…

Towe Ressman

VP Global Design

Towe Ressman is one of Swedish Industry’s most experienced Designers having worked at Volvo, Electrolux, and now since several years at Husqvarna Group. At Husqvarna she manages a global team of 30+ Designers and caters for more than ten brands, 15000 unique products, and 500 platforms, where her team produces all product and service designs.

Irma Kahn

Digital Operations Division Manager

Irma Khan is currently the Digital Region Manager at Caterpillar Inc. In this role, Irma leads
a team of digital specialists in Americas & Europe who are responsible for deploying digital
products and services to Cat® dealers. Previously, Irma has held positions in analytics and
in technical field sales & marketing. In 2017, Irma was selected to be part of the new CEO’s
Strategic Planning Committee on the Leadership, People, and Culture sub-team. Irma has
also completed Caterpillar’s Change Management Program.

Irma has made a significant impact as a dedicated leader inside and outside of Caterpillar as a strong advocate for women, minorities, and STEM education.

Within Caterpillar, Irma sits on the Advisory Board of Caterpillar’s African American Network and regularly mentors women of color in that capacity. While in the analytics group, Irma established the Community Analytics Program which empowers Caterpillar data scientists to use their analytical skills to address pressing needs of non-profit organizations and the underserved. Irma has been featured on the ‘Women at Caterpillar’ video series and was a panelist on the Women In Leadership Talk discussing U.S. female ethnicity.

Dr Athanasios Kontopoulos

Computational & Data Science Scientific Director

Athanasios currently holds the position of “Computational & Data Science R&D Scientific Director”. He is a graduate of the National Technical University of Athens and holds a PhD from the University of Liège. He joined Air Liquide in 1995. Within the Group, he found several ways to express his passion for simulation and applied math in R&D and Operations. In particular, he is a pioneer in the development of multi-variable predictive control systems and innovative real-time optimization systems.

He presented the first roadmap of big data for Air Liquide and set up the first teams of data scientists, in 3 countries, within R&D’s “Computational & Data Science Global Lab”. He introduced artificial intelligence, through proofs of concept and alliances with innovative companies in the field.  He recently launched the “data and decision sciences lab” (d2-lab) initiative in Air Liquide, a network of experts and practitioners, to reach scientific excellence in these areas.

Paolo Bavaj

Head of Corporate Venturing, Adhesive Technologies

Dr. Paolo Bavaj is Head of Corporate Venturing for Henkel Adhesive Technologies.

He joined the Adhesive Technologies business unit of Henkel AG & Co. KGaA as Corporate Director Strategy and Business Development in December 2010. In April 2013, he became Head of New Business Development, with responsibility for identifying and evaluating innovation opportunities through strategic Foresight Management, Scouting, Start-up Screening, Venturing, and Incubation.

He joined Celanese Chemicals in 1996, where he worked in Operations, New Business Development and led then a global R&D and New Business Development team, gained experience as Area Sales Manager in the United States, and ran the Celanese Emulsions Textile and Engineered Fabrics business in Europe as well as their global Glass Fiber business.

Paolo holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from RWTH Aachen, Germany.

Rui Pedro Silva

Director of Technology - Warehousing & Technology

Rui Pedro Silva is a senior IT executive with more than 14 years of experience working across most of the industries. On top of the experience in IT, Rui owns an MBA from the Universidad Camilo Jose Cela in Madrid (MBA accredited by AACSB and AMBA)
Starting his career back in 2004 as IT freelancer, Rui has been dealing with several large and complex IT implementations, introducing some innovative ways of doing business, which have directly impacted the performance of the teams he was/is leading.

With an IT technical background, Rui has completed a bachelor in Business Administration, bringing that way, a stronger background to all non-technical aspects of the job. His profile is no longer a pure IT profile, but a business leader capable of engaging the best of both worlds, closing the bridge between business owners and technical teams. This type of attitude brought him to lead several large IT teams across the globe, and complete most of his targets with a high rate of success

Dr Sama Mbang

Manager Digitalization - Simulation Manufacturing Load Cases

Sama sits within the Technology Factory Division of Daimler and has been newly appointed as responsible for the simulation of manufacturing load cases for all car lines projects. He has more than 15 years deep dive experience in innovation, intelligent engineering methods and processes as well as simulation. Sama is an expert in digitalization technologies (AI, Big Data, Robotics, VR/AR, IoT) and related used cases such as Digital product & process twins, predictive/prescriptive tasks, manufacturing execution systems and new business models. As a coach & trainer for agility, he is passionate about digital leadership, agile mindset, agile methods and transforming organisations and processes to become more agile.

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