Knowledge Streams

The knowledge streams are your chance to develop yourself by addressing the most influential topics of the industry! The out-of-the-box think tanks will take place simultaneously, and allow you to focus on your personal needs and interests. You are free to decide which area is most important to you! All speakers will also be available afterwards at the dinner event for questions around your personal topics. Use the opportunity to develop yourself in an intimate and productive workshop atmosphere.

Labor & Leadership

Unemployment rates are declining, skilled labor is getting harder to find, and job creation is at an all-time high. Add the demands of e-commerce, omni-channel, and Industry 4.0 to the mix and creating talent development and labor retention strategies becomes even more critical. In this enlightening track, industry experts and HR pros help ignite transformation by sharing their top strategies for breaking the cycle of employee turnover, cultivating effective leaders, and improving retention across the entire organization.

Riskmanagement / Event Theme "MOVE"

Dominik Neidhart
Three time competitor and first time European Winner of the Americas Cup
9th March 10:00 - 10:45

Dominik Neidhart knows how to MOVE: He is a top-class Swiss sportsman and a three-time competitor in the America's Cup. He was a member of the winning Alinghi crew in New Zealand 2013 - the first winning team from Europe! It was after studying medicine that he turned to his passion of sailing. In three different America's Cup challenges - a less than successful launch project, a triumphant victory and a bitter defeat - he gained extensive experience in the complex organisation, demanding management and successful teamwork required to achieve this unique vision.

Impact of AI to Leadership & Staff

Effy Vayena
Professor at ETH Zurich for Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Ethics
9th March 11:00 - 11:45

Effy Vayena is a Professor of Bioethics at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETHZ) and renowned expert at the intersection of medicine, data, and ethics. Her work focuses on important societal issues of data and technology as they relate to scientific progress and how it is or should be applied to public and personal health.

Marketing for CEOs - Death or Glory in the Digital Age

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
One of Britain's most famous polar explorers and motivational speakers
9th March 14:00 - 14:45

In 1984 the Guinness Book of Records described Sir Ranulph Fiennes as the "World's Greatest Living Explorer". His expeditions around the world include Transglobe (the world's first surface journey around the world's polar axis) 1979-82; North Polar Unsupported Expedition (furthest north unsuppported record) 1986; Anglo-Soviet North Pole Expedition 1990/91; co-leader of the Ubar Expedition (which in 1991 discovered Ptolomy's long-lost Atlantis of the Sands, the frankincense centre of the world); leader of the Pentland South Pole expedition 1992/93 (which achieved the first unsupported crossing of the Antarctic Continent and the longest unsupported polar journey in history). He was awarded the Sultan of Oman's Bravery Medal in 1970, the Explorers Club of New York Medal in 1983, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society's Livingstone Gold Medal in 1983, the Royal Geographical Society's Founder's Medal in 1984, and both he and his late wife received the Polar Medal in 1987. In 1993 he was awarded an OBE for "human endeavour and charitable services".

Winning the Sales Game - be different!

Adrian Webster
Leading Motivation Coach of the UK
9th March 15:00 - 15:45

Riot copper, milkman and salesman were just a few of Adrian's jobs before he moved into the I.T industry in 1987 where he quickly established himself as one of the most successful sales professionals in the industry.

After two highly successful years as Corporate Sales Manager of US Robotics, he joined Northamber Plc as Group Sales and Training Manager responsible for recruiting, training, motivating and 'driving' 150 staff to achieve phenomenal success on shoestring budgets.

Next Generation Supply Chain

Machine learning, Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain…there’s no end to the number of next-generation technologies being placed in front of supply chain and logistics managers right now. But how can you sift through the options to find the technologies that will truly help you accelerate change for growth in today's competitive business environment? Find out in this forward-thinking track, where you’ll hear how the industry’s up-and-coming technologies will help you develop an agile, adaptive global supply chain that can go the distance.

4 wins: Robotic Revolution in the Time of Digitalization

Dominic Bösl
Head of Robotic Future, Festo and Former VP Consumer Driven Robotics, Kuka
9th March 10:00 - 10:45

Dominik Bösl is Head of Robotic Futures at Festo, a leading worldwide supplier of automation technology and leader in industrial training and education programs.
Besides his career, he has constantly been working as a lecturer at different Universities, within Munich Technical University (TUM), and is author of technical and scientific publications. In his sparetime, he is publishing educational concepts around serious gaming and works as head of a charity organization that maintains AntMe!, one of the world's most successful serious games.

Crystal Parrott
VP Robotic Excellence Center, Dematic
9th March 10:00 - 10:45

Crystal Parrott serves as the Vice President, Robotics Center of Excellence, for Dematic. With more than 28 years in the robotics and automation industries, she has a history of bringing emerging technologies to market. At Dematic, Crystal leads all Robotics initiatives and guides, coordinates and supports the generation of Robotic solution sales.

Winners of the Future: The Supply-Chain-Innovators!
Focus: Digitalization / Future of Supply Chain / How to change the market?

Luis Solis
Director Advanced Learning Innovation Program, IE Business School
9th March 11:00 - 11:45

It comes as no surprise that Luis Solis has gained a number of teaching awards and is welcomed as a visiting professor at universities in countries such as Mexico, Belgium, France, China, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Spain and the US. For when he teaches his courses in strategic operations management, lean & response service operations, supply chain management, project management and quality management, Prof Solis is drawing upon a vast pool of knowledge and experience gained by working with work a wide range of companies in USA, Europe and Latin America. "So I'm not working only on theoretical research and models but I'm also working with top industry executives in the real world", he says.

Josh Valmann
Founder and Managing Director of RPD International
9th March 11:00 - 11:45

Josh Valman is the founder and Managing Director of RPD International, an innovative business with a global reach. They design, develop and manufacture products for companies who seek to take advantage of innovative ideas, cutting edge processes and international markets.

Phillip Siefer
Founder & Chief Executive Unicorn, Einhorn
9th March 11:00 - 11:45

Philip Siefer a restless start up founder and a tireless idea generator who believes in using his business power to do good. He is founder of
the start upsStickvogel and einhorn products. Born 1982 in Hamburg, Philip Siefer studied media technology and computer science at TU Ilmenau. After university the graduate engineer founded Stickvogel in 2011. Philip's first start-up offers a software as a service solution for product personalization in e-commerce. It provides a customizable tool and manages everything from the front end to production via a back office system. Stickvogel allows customers to personalize their products and preview them immediately.

Uwe Horstmann
Startup Investor & Digitalization Expert
9th March 11:00 - 11:45

Uwe Horstmann, founder of the Berlin-based venture capital firm Project A Ventures, is an expert on the startup scene in Europe and internationally. He invests in early-stage startups and continues to provide support throughout their development. He has been named a Young Leader by the German-American think tank AtlantikBrücke, and as one of Forbes magazine's "30 Under 30 Europe." He has lived, worked, and studied in Germany, USA, East Africa, Japan, Mexico, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia.

Uwe gives frequent lectures at WHU, ESADE, and St. Gallen and Stanford universities. Moreover, he is a judge in business plan competitions held by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and works as an honorary strategic consultant for Oxfam. Given his wide range of practical experience, eloquence, and humor, Uwe is able to speak to various audiences on the necessity of digitalization.

Same Day Delivery & Last Mile - Trend or already Future?

Thomas Steverding
Senior Group Manager Strategy & Business Development, DPD
9th March 14:00 - 14:45

Thomas Steverding has been responsible for Operations Processes & Development at DPD Deutschland GmbH since July 2018. He is also responsible for issues relating to urban logistics and innovative delivery concepts.

Before joining DPD, the trained industrial engineer held various management positions in the TNT Group and at the management consultancy Mummert + Partner - now Sopra Steria Consulting.

Panel Discussion hosted by KION
Start-up Hype meets Industry-Change

Markus Sontheimer
Member of the Board of Management (CIO/CDO), DB Schenker AG
9th March 15:00 - 15:45

Markus Sontheimer was born in Friedrichshafen in 1968. After graduating from Esslingen University of Applied Sciences with a degree in industrial engineering (Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (FH)), he held various IT management positions in Germany and abroad at Daimler AG (1994 to 2010); most recently as CIO Daimler Financial Services and Sales, Marketing and Aftersales Mercedes Benz. He then spent five years as CIO Group Finance at Deutsche Bank, where he restructured the global IT of Group Finance and implemented the important regulatory project portfolio.

Markus Sontheimer was appointed Chief Information Officer of Schenker AG, Essen, on December 1, 2015. On 22 June 2016, he was also appointed Chief Digital Officer (CDO) by the Supervisory Board and is responsible for IT and digitalization.

The Power of Data

Data helps us be results-driven by figuring out what does and doesn’t work. It then helps us parlay those insights into real organizational improvements. Use this track to unleash data’s power, ignite transformation, and convert your company into a lean, mean, data-driven machine. Start with the data fundamentals, work your way up into the IoT-connected supply chain, get the lowdown on cybersecurity, and then hear how it all ties together to create a cycle of continuous improvement.

Emotive AI', Hybrid Data, Bio-Security
Cyber Security & Digital Identity - What's Coming?
Forget IoT, it's the Internet of Everything

Shivvy Jervis
Europe’s most trailblazing women in digital
9th March 10:00 - 10:45

Voted one of Europe's most trailblazing women in digital, Shivvy Jervis brings girlpower in this show: She is a four-time award-winning Innovation Futurist, Advisor and Broadcaster and the absolutely IoT expert!

TED Global commend Jervis as having "a remarkable ability to analyse the socio-economic impact of new technologies", the World Economic Forum cite her as "a thought leader beyond compare" and Britain's former Digital Minister finds Jervis to be "a true expert". Jervis' research, keynote speeches and broadcasts have garnered an astonishing 22 pieces of industry recognition. This includes a national Outstanding Achiever award, being nominated a 'Woman of the Year' by public vote and named one of Britain's 10 most influential South Asian women. Shivvy has also been the youngest recipient worldwide of a prestigious academic fellowship.

Digital Disruption - How Artificial Intelligence will make Technology disappear

Dr. Rand Hindi
Entrepreneur, consultant of the french government, investor and big data analyst
9th March 11:00 - 11:45

Dr. Rand Hindi is an entrepreneur and data scientist. He is the founder and CEO of Snips, building the first AI assistant that protects privacy. Rand started coding at the age of 10, founded a Social Network at 14 and a web agency at 15 before getting into Machine Learning at 18 and doing a PhD in Bioinformatics at 21.

He has been elected as a TR35 by the MIT Technology Review, as a "30 under 30" by Forbes, as a Rising Star by Founders Forum, and is a member of the French Digital Council. He holds a BSc in Computer Science and a PhD in Bioinformatics from University College London (UCL), as well as two graduate degrees from Singularity University in Silicon Valley and THNK in Amsterdam.

Hybrid Reality meets Technology Trends

Claudia Olsson
Digital Transformation Strategist
9th March 14:00 - 14:45

Claudia Olsson, newly appointed Young Global Leader by the WorldEconomic Forum, is an innovation leader in the field of digitaltransformation. She is the founder and CEO of Exponential AB, a globalconsultancy specialised in providing strategic advice, analysis andprofessional development related to the digital transformation.Specialising in exponential technologies, future trends, leadership andgovernance, her work focuses on the impact of new technologies oncitizens, society and global markets.Claudia has researched cutting-edge technologies in laboratories andventures in South Korea, Japan and Singapore as well as her work with Singularity University in Silicon Valley and her digitalisation work in theNordic countries. She has interacted with humanoid robots, cyborgs aswell as with the latest applications of neuroscience, synthetic biologyand blockchain.In 2016, Claudia authored the Sweden 2030 future scenario for theDigitalisation Commission at the Government of Sweden, focused onthe digital, integrated, smart and competitive society. She also co-authored the acclaimed report Blockchain-Decentralized Trust for theEntrepreneurship Forum.She has served as Senior Advisor to the Office of Strategic Analysis atthe Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Sweden, helping the Government toidentify and analyse long-term trends in technology and globalisation.Claudia previously set up and managed the policy think-tank ACCESSHealth International in Singapore following her work for ACCESS inIndia and her assignment with the United Nations, Economic and SocialCouncil (ECOSOC).In addition to repeatedly being ranked as one of Sweden’s top youngbusiness talents, Claudia has been awarded multiple honors including:The Young Leader of the year in Sweden by 4Potentials, a Leader ofthe Next Generation by the Stars Foundation in Switzerland and China(Penglai), a Gifted Citizen by La Ciudad de las Ideas in Mexico and theEuropean David Rockefeller Fellowship at the Trilateral Commission."Claudia delivered an outstanding speech. Based on personalexperiences and global perspectives she took us on a journey into thefuture of technologies and digitalizing and presented dimensions noneof us had even considered before. We walked away with manyimportant eye openers and thought starters - very inspiring!" TritonPartners

Big Data vs. Data Security: Chance or Risk?

World Leading Data Security Analyst, Co-Founder, Ethical Hacker, Social Engineer
9th March 15:00 - 15:45

FC is a well-known ethical hacker and social engineer. He has been working in the information security field for over 20 years and excels at circumventing access controls. He has held positions in his career such as Senior Penetration Tester as well as Head of Social Engineering and Physical Assessments for renowned security companies. Having worked as Head of Cyber Research for Raytheon Missile Systems, and working closely alongside intelligence agencies, he has cemented both his skill set and knowledge as well as help to steer governments take correct courses of action against national threats.

Dr. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger
Expert on Big Data Professor of Internet Gobernance at Oxford University
9th March 15:00 - 15:45

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute / Oxford University. He is a sought expert for print and broadcast media worldwide. After early successes in the International Physics Olympics and the Austrian Young Programmers Contest, Mayer-Schönberger studied in Salzburg, Harvard and at the London School of Economics. In 1986 he founded Ikarus Software, a company focusing on data security and developed the Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person of the Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000.

Optimize Operations

Creating a strategic plan for your warehouse is no longer a nicety; it’s a must-have business imperative that covers everything from the facility’s physical design to its labor force and its overall workflow…and everything in between. Using the thorough planning process outlined in this track and covered across multiple sessions, you’ll be able to accelerate change by maximizing existing space and planning effectively for new facilities before making those critical investments.

Energy / Green Warehouses

Dr. Jeremy Leggett
Founder of Solarcentury and SolarAid
9th March 10:00 - 10:45

Jeremy Leggett is founding director of Solarcentury, an international solar solutions company. He is also founding chair of SolarAid which builds solar lighting markets in Africam, a charity funded with 5% of Solarcentury’s annual profits.

Leggett chaired Carbon Tracker, a climate-and-finance think tank analysing climate risk in capital markets. He was the first winner of the Hillary Laureate for International Leadership in Climate Change (2009), won the Gothenburg Prize (2015), and was the first non-Dutch winner of a Royal Dutch Honorary Sustainability Award in 2016. He has been described by the Observer newspaper as “Britain’s most respected green energy boss”.

Leggett is author of four books, the most recent of which is The Winning of The Carbon War, an account of what he sees as the “turnaround years” in the dawn of the global energy transition. His other books are The Carbon War, an eye-witness account of the climate negotiations in the 1990s; Half Gone, an account of the interaction between oil depletion and climate change; The Solar Century, a vision of the solar revolution; and The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance. In his first career, Leggett researched earth history, funded among others by BP and Shell, at Imperial College. Here, he won the President’s Prize of the Geological Society and was appointed a Reader at the age of 33. He also set up the Verification Technology Information Centre (VERTIC), and served part-time as its first executive director for four years. He resigned from Imperial College to become a climate campaigner with Greenpeace International. Leggett then led Solarcentury as CEO from 1997-2006, Chairman from 2006-15 and a board director from 2015 to present.

Chicco Testa
Board Member Telit Communications
9th March 10:00 - 10:45

Chicco Testa is currently Chairman of the Board of Telit Communications Plc and Chairman of the Board of E.V.A – Energie Valsabbia, a company developing hydropower and solar generation plants, as well as Vice-Chairman of the Board of Idea Capital Funds Sgr and Intecs S.p.A. Since 2012 he is also Chairman of the Board of Assoelettrica, the National Association of Electricity Enterprises consisting of almost 120 firms, and Non-Executive Director of Mediterranean Oil & Gas Plc, which is engaged in oil and gas exploration, development and production.

He has been also Chairman of Organising Committee of the 20th World Energy Congress, promoted by WEC, World Energy Council and held in Rome on November 2007. From 1980 to 1987 Mr. Testa was National Secretary and then National President of Legambiente. From 1987 to 1994 for two legislatures, he was elected to the Italian Parliament, Italian Chamber of Deputies, Commission for the Environment and the Territory. From 1994 to 1996 he was Chairman of the Board of ACEA (Rome’s Electricity and Water Co.) From 1996 to 2002 he was Chairman of the Board of Enel Spa, the most important Electrical Italian Company and in 1997 there was the start- up of Wind, the third TLC Italian Company in which Testa was elected member of the Board of Directors.

From 2002 to 2005 he was Member of the Advisory Board of Carlyle Europe, affiliate of The Carlyle Group (Private Equity), Chairman of the Board of Directors of STA Spa (The Mobility Agency of the City of Rome) and Chairman of Kyoto Club (non-profit organization whose purpose is the achievement of the objectives set by the Kyoto Protocol). From 2005 to 2009 he was Chairman at Roma Metropolitane, Council of Rome owned company in charge of the construction of the new underground lines for the capital. Testa is a journalist and he contributes to some of the most important daily and weekly Italian newspapers. He was professor at the LUISS School Management in Rome (MBA Program Economics and Management in Public Utilities) and he was Professor at the Universities of Macerata and Naples in Economic and Environmental subjects. In 2008 he wrote a book “Tornare al Nucleare?, L’Italia, l’energia, l’ambiente”, published by Gli Struzzi Einaudi and he created a blog - a website where everybody can discuss and publish articles, news, data on nuclear issue.

Digitalization for Optimization - how to transform a concern

Helmuth Ludwig
CIO, Siemens AG
9th March 11:00 - 11:45

Helmuth Ludwig is Chief Information Officer at Siemens. He has worked at Siemens for nearly 30 years in various capacities in Germany and abroad, including serving as president of Siemens PLM Software and CEO of the Siemens Industry Sector in North America.

He completed a degree in engineering at the University of Karlsruhe before earning a doctorate at Kiel University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago. Ludwig teaches International Corporate Strategy as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.


Tom Purves
Former CEO BMW North America 2002 - 2008, CEO Rolls Royce 2008 - 2010
9th March 14:00 - 14:45

Tom Purves was CEO at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars from 2008 to 2010. Previously, he served as the Chairman and CEO of BMW for North America from 1999 to 2008. He was also Chairman and Regional Manager for the Americas. Tom's extensive sales background, which includes successfully leading multi country sales operations to increase revenue in an international and competitive climate. He has led famous global brands to post significant profits through periods of substantial economic grown and deep recession, exceeding corporate expectations time and again. From 1999 to 2008, BMW sales in the USA grew 96% from 154,968 to 303,190 of which Mini sales grew from 0 to 54,000 in 7 years. In Canada, Mexico and Latin America, sales grew fourfold.  Tom's notable innovations included the early use of sales promotions through event marketing and wholesales sales incentives in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf in the mid to late 70s. He also introduced live business TV by satellite at BMW in the 80s. He was the first person in the automotive industry to use internet communications on a substantially creative scale. Earlier in his career, Tom was Managing Director, BMW (GB) and Sales Director for the Rover Group. He has repeated success in guiding sizeable, cross functional teams in the preparation and launch of new products, achieving record sales. He has created innovative marketing strategies and identified profitable new markets for growth and expansion. Tom is an expert negotiator and ambassador able to forge solid professional relationships with strategic partners and build consensus across multiple organisational levels. In 2011 he became Visiting Professor of Management Practice at Canterbury and Christchurch University in Kent, and works with the careers department and the Business School at the University of Glasgow. He has vast experience both about the automobile industry and management, and is keen to share his experiences with others.

Adaptive productivity Agile transformation of business models within and for the digital era & Expert-Panel hosted by Hans-Peter Hiemer: How did it work & Lessons Learned

Hans-Peter Hiemer
Former Managing Director of s. Oliver, Owner of b4b
9th March 15:00 - 15:45

Hans-Peter Hiemer has been developing and implementing of the 80's concepts and solutions for the sustainable Optimization of value chains in consumer goods industries in Europe and Asia/China.

Since the beginning of his professional career, his focus has thus been on to support companies on their way to achieving their goals. Business logic in responsive systems, to promote the integration of digitisation and to promote it through the systematic empowerment of the teams and leaders to value-enhancing as well as customer-oriented to transform.

His previous roles and responsibilities at international wholesale and retail brands, as well as today in the and as a member of the advisory board, underline the extensive entrepreneurial experience of Hans Peter Hiemer. Before assuming various management positions with Kurt Salmon (1988), ESCADA AG (1999) or managing directors at MONDI (1994) and s.Oliver (2008), he coordinated numerous German-European projects on basic research in the field of textile technology. In 2013 he joined the b4b GmbH as Managing Partner. Hans Peter Hiemer completed his studies in 1985 to become a graduate engineer at the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein.