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.
Martyn is a Quality & Metrologist Specialist by trade. Having spent his formative years running his own business in metrology and quality, he worked closely with global companies across the manufacturing verticals, specialising in the promotion of Manufacturing Intelligence Systems within the automotive and aerospace industries.
Having been involved in measuring system development and project management and the promotion thereof, Martyn fully appreciates ‘what it takes’ to make a success without having to unnecessarily expend huge sums of money.
Martyn calls himself ‘a disciple of manufacturing’ and is a great believer in the value behind developing new ideas for improving processes and inspection to achieve world-class manufacturing, without having to sacrifice people and company’s principles. Advising and assisting modern-day ambitions by those seeking to achieve Smart Manufacturing and the Digital Factory, now form a major part of Martyn’s activity today.
Francesco Alfieri is the founder and CEO of the Italian company Taiprora (with sites in Italy, India, and Kazakhstan), who since 1993 designs and develops Software and Automation Engineering Systems in Europe and worldwide.
After earning a degree in Electronic Engineering he worked for Texas Instruments from 1989, where he was involved with various projects in the field of electronics, information technology, and automation engineering while keeping his constant focus on innovation.
During his career he founded and managed several companies, including Interzen (e-business consulting) and Taingenia (infrastructure engineering). He has always maintained close contact with the world of university research collaborating with some prestigious faculties of Engineering such as those of the University of Bologna and L'Aquila. He is heavily involved in the construction of business networks, has created several of those and is a member of the Capitank (Chemical and Pharmaceutical Innovation Regional Network) board.
He is a very board member in business associations such as Confindustria (whose former president he is) and Compagnia delle Opere, and cultivates his passion for social issues, especially in service associations such as Rotary International, where he has held several positions over the years.
His R&D approach and his vision have led him to launch a new concept of Smart Manifacturing where technological innovation meets beauty in order to make a real difference in people's daily lives, thus creating what he calls LIFE 5.0. In this field he is responsible for a national project for the integrated application of collaborative robots, smart glasses, and smart glow.
Nikhil manages Manufacturing applications at SunPower. He has led setting up of highly automated plants in Latin America and South Africa. He ran a Merger and Acquisition project in EU which involved integrating the Renewable arm of a France Oil & Gas major into SunPower. More recently, He has been working on Robotics & IoT initiatives in Manufacturing area. Prior to SunPower, he was with Deloitte where he worked in large business transformation projects for large clients in Pharma and Hitech industries. He is a firm believer in the principle “technology should empower organizations to make better decisions”. Hence, his current focus is digital initiatives in manufacturing facilities.
He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA in Finance and Information Systems.
From a start in the aerospace industry, Neil’s’ career ‘took off’ into technical plastic injection moulding and precision toolmaking for 16 years, transforming the business by bringing up to date operations management techniques and computer aided design & manufacture, enabling the company to grow and serve demanding industries including automotive and consumer electronics.
The move to construction chemicals industry as commercial director with UK based Flowcrete plc, provided the opportunity to develop the group operations, before moving to an enterprise in Engineering services and supplies, driving outstanding levels of customer service, and development of efficient vendor managed inventory systems for major UK food processing companies.
A move to a subsidiary of Fortune 500 listed Masco Corporation, gave the opportunity to apply business, Engineering and operations improvement capabilities on a global scale, running and developing complex factories in China, combined with leading the innovation and quality functions at the HQ in UK. Key achievements include gaining a number of significant patents in the architectural hardware arena. Neil is now a Fellow of the Masco Leadership Program, providing support, guidance and coaching to future leaders in the group.
Now based in Dubai, and leading the Group Engineering function, Neil is a key member of the Group Business Improvement Team at Fosroc, working with a small team of experts to drive improvement throughout the groups 26 manufacturing facilities spread across the globe.
Energetic and passionate, downtime is spent pursuing water sports, including water-skiing, kiteboarding and surfing, developing musical competence on guitar, piano and vocals, and supporting Manchester United.
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.
Presently a specialist in Food and Beverage Supply Chain Management, Kunal heads the Global Supply Chain of Bateel Group that has operations in 15 countries from US to Middle East to South East Asia. He has been instrumental in opening and managing over 183 F&B outlets (15 Bateel, 5 Godiva, 110 Tim Hortons, 50 Cold stone Creamery and 3 Sbarro Pizza) across MENAT region over past 6 years. Travel and food continue to be his passion that gets him going every morning.
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