Dr. Michaela Colla has been responsible for Industry 4.0 in the Volkswagen Group since March 2016. Before this, she was in management functions in operative as well as in strategic positions at Volkswagen plants, in the Brand and in the Group level for many years.
She started her career at Volkswagen as an international trainee in the Production Division. In 1998 she took over the management in Logistics Planning at Volkswagen Nutzfahrzeuge (Volkswagen commercial vehicles) through functions in Industrial Engineering and Group- Program planning. Subsequently from 2001 to 2006, she became the Director of Logistics Optimization at the plant in Wolfsburg, where she was responsible for the planning of new vehicle projects, the optimization of series processes, planning of information flow, building a logistics center as well as the budget of logistics costs.
Since 2007 she has held various management positions concerning production strategy in the Volkswagen brand “mach18” as well as in the Group “strategy P 2018”.
Michaela Colla studied economics and has a PhD in Engineering.
Shumon Zaman was always fascinated by technology. “I have an inborn passion to solve problems and have always looked for a technology solution first, so I guess it was natural for me to move into the Technology space.”
Shumon started his career with a FTSE 100 company in the UK before joining a major Fortune 500 company where he held a global role before the eventual climb to the Board room. Shumon spent over 10 years as the CIO for a multi-billion dollar conglomerate where he led multiple business transformations before his journey to Lamprell, where he now leads their technology revolution as Vice President of Information Systems and Technology and Business Optimisation.
Lamprell, a leading provider of diversified engineering and contracting services to the onshore and offshore oil & gas and renewable energy industries, takes great pride in developing people. Shumon stated, “At Lamprell we believe good people are the ones that are able to adapt to change the quickest and are normally the ones that can react the fastest and contribute most to the bottom line. Technology is ever changing, it’s critical to keep up and ensure people; processes and technology are also agile and add value to the organisation. One way of ensuring this is through people development.”
Richard Allbert studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, whilst working as a project engineer for Pirelli Tyres UK. With Pirelli, he has had varying responsibilities, including Plant Production, Planning, Efficiency, Logistics - spending 5 years in the UK and then 5 years in Germany. During his time at university, he became passionate about software development, specifically AI. Alongside his career with Pirelli he has developed software for many uses, including hardware interfaces, mobile games and business applications, data science, and can program in a variety of languages. Recently, he has worked at Pirelli HQ in Milan, initially responsible for Manufacturing Quality, and now leading the team of Smart Manufacturing as part of Pirelli’s digital transformation. As part of this initiative, he is helping push the introduction of the Agile approach into Pirelli’s working culture.
Olivier Leteurtre is the Managing Director for Dassault Systèmes EUROWEST (France, Iberia, Africa & Middle East).
His mission is to define the 3 years strategy fitting with the industry landscape of each country. He also defines and manages the operational organization and its P&L to execute the strategy based on the 3 DS Sales Channels.
He has 25 years international experience in the PLM Software industry in different continents (EMEA, Asia and USA) as board member and EVP of Tecnomatix/Siemens PLM.
He holds a mechanical engineering degree and an MBA diploma and is an INSEAD Alumni.
After an engineering degree, Tim completed a PhD in AI (Artificial Intelligence) whilst working at US computing firm DEC. Tim and his two business partners, founded Lighthouse Systems in 1990, to provide the first Statistical Process Control software for quality management running on Windows.
In 2003, Lighthouse Systems released the first version of Shopfloor-OnlineTM, a full web-based Manufacturing Execution System, which has since been deployed in hundreds of blue-chip manufacturing companies around the world.
Tim has had over 25 years’ experience in manufacturing and 13 years’ experience of delivering MES projects for large companies, across a range of industry sectors.
Today, Tim’s main role is in business development and looking at the strategic road map for product development, ensuring Lighthouse meet the rapidly evolving market requirements as far as functionality, service and quality are concerned.
Pierre is a results-oriented senior business/operational excellence specialist and a pioneer in the field of Continuous Improvement & Business Process Re-engineering, who thrives in a fast-paced team environment built upon 20 years of international experience spanning diverse industries and world class brands ranging from Financial Services, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Telecoms and Oil & Gas. He was a previous Director for some of the world’s top multinationals of which are fortune 500’s & as a Senior Director of Process Excellence & Total Quality Management Head for one of the UAE’s largest multibillion dollar Telecom provider. He is an Operational Excellence Executive and master mind of developing and executing strategic business growth plans as well as deploying multiple cost savings and efficiency strategies. He is a courageous visionary able to integrate innovation with business critical processes & turn global company’s challenges into today’s business opportunities and tomorrow’s products. Pierre is able to challenge any organization and industry and transform it to become a role model in Business Process Re-engineering and Innovation for others to benchmark against. Pierre has set the tempo for success on a global scale through his tenacious pursuit of perfection though individual and incremental acts of continuous improvement. With a focus on enhancing shareholder value and growing EBITDA, Pierre is regularly sought by companies to help analyze and formulate their strategic vision, to design the tactics necessary to achieve their goals, to identify and organize the logistics necessary to support the plan, and to lead the execution phase.
He is a respected professional with a large stakeholder network in the region & across the globe. He is also a moderator and a prominent international key note speaker on the subject of Business Process Re-engineering & Operational Excellence invited regularly at local and international conferences and business forums.
Pierre's credibility is rooted in 20 years success as Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt veteran, driving Transformational Business "Change” for Innovation for several entrepreneurial companies across a broad array of vertical industries and sectors.
Prior to his current role in Saudi Aramco, Pierre has held previous roles in the following organizations:
Du Telecoms - Senior Director & Head of Process Excellence & Total Quality Management, Dubai, UAE
Pfizer - Director of Operational Excellence and Improvement, London, UK
GSK - Director of Process, Services and Improvement (LSS Master Black Belt), London, UK
Motorola - Senior Business Quality Manager, UK
Motorola - Six Sigma Deployment Lead and Senior Program Manager, UK and USA
Motorola - Customer Satisfaction Quality Leader (Emerging Markets), UK
GE Capital Bank - Six Sigma Quality Black Belt/Project Manager, UK and USA
GE Financial Assurance - Project Manager, USA-Richmond Virginia
GE Insurance Holding - GE Life project Manager, UK
GE Corporate - Global Web Hosting Manager, UK
Merrill Lynch Investment Banking - Intranet Architect and Strategist, London
Delel Chaabouni is the Chief Information Officer for the Middle East & North Africa region at PepsiCo.
Delel joined PepsiCo in 2011 as Business Solutions Director for Middle East & North Africa region, progressing to Chief Information Officer in 2013.
As Chief Information Officer for Middle East & North Africa, Delel leads the business and information solutions transformation agenda for the region. She is responsible for delivering new IT capabilities for increased productivity and enabling business growth.
Prior to joining PepsiCo, Delel worked for 13 years in consulting in HP services and KPMG advisory services and successfully delivered and turned around major international business transformation, IT implementation and digital programs in the ICT, FMCG, Telecommunications, Government, Real Estate and Events industries. She moved from CRM And Digital Director at the Dubai World Trade Centre to taking up her role with PepsiCo.
Delel holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, and an MBA from the Exportakademie Reutlingen in Germany. Native of Tunisia and of Italian nationality, she is fluent in six languages and has worked in four different continents: Africa, Europe, Asia and America.
Accredited by the International Coaching Federation and HOGAN as well as ORSC certified, Delel is a passionate executive and team coach. Additionally to her CIO role, she coaches executives and leadership teams within PepsiCo.
She is a mother of two boys (12 and 11 years old) and enjoys outdoor sports, reading and spending time with family and friends.
Efe Akinci has a BS. on Food Engineering and MS. on Industrial Engineering.
He has around 10 years of manufacturing experience mainly at FMCG. For 5 years, he has been working for Unilever with various positions in manufacturing. His last position was Manufacturing Excellence Manager of North Africa and Middle East for two years in Dubai. Recently, he was promoted to Plant Manager with responsibilities on both Food and Home Care factories within the same site.
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