TECHINNOVATION 2016 Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Gregg Carpenter

Gregg Carpenter

Global Director of Engineering
The Coca-Cola Company

Gregg Carpenter is Global Director of Engineering of the Coca-Cola Company. He manages Coca-Cola’s nine External Technology Acquisition (ETA) hubs which are connected to the company’s six R&D centres. The ETA hubs seek out and identify the latest technologies to solve current and future business needs. Gregg joined the Coca-Cola Company in 2000, supporting North America Engineering in the equipment development area. He assumed the role of Director of Engineering in 2009, leading the development of the revolutionary Freestyle platform. Freestyle is a Coca-Cola led initiative leveraging world-class partners and leading edge technology from automotive, medical, IT and consumer electronics. It was awarded numerous patents in support of the innovation. Prior to joining the Coca-Cola Company, Gregg worked 15 years in the aerospace industry leading mechanical systems design and development on major fighter aircraft programs.

 

Coke’s Formula for Developing and Integrating Disruptive Technologies 

In a rapidly changing global economy where innovation is increasingly driven by the outside world, the Coca-Cola Company is always looking for ways to connect with the external technologies and seek collaborations to create breakthrough innovation that deliver economic, social and environmental value. Gregg will share the Coca-Cola’s Company approach to implementing disruptive technologies using the case study on Freestyle. He will also speak on how the Global R&D unit works with External Technology Assessment and Acquisition hubs to fuel external partnership with technology players such as universities, research organisations and start-ups.

Dr Reza Ghahary

Dr Reza Ghahary

Director Innovation Networks & Communication
Evonik Industries AG

Dr Reza Ghahary is currently responsible for various “unusual innovation partnerships” between Evonik Industries (a worldwide specialty chemicals player) and selected corporations, which are mainly not inside the traditional chemical industry. The corresponding activity “Industry Cross Innovation” is a part of Evonik’s Open Innovation activities. Reza is specialised in polymer chemistry and innovation management, while having over 20 years of experience in industrial innovation projects. He believes in collaborative innovation as one of the strategic elements to boost a company’s innovation power.

 

Open Innovation: Approaches at Evonik Industries

At Evonik Industries, Open Innovation (OI) is a principal instrument for innovation and receives senior managerial attention. OI is frequently applied for Evonik’s activities at the fuzzy front-end of innovation and along the product development process. The OI methods include external and internal crowdsourcing, internal seeker-solver communities, co-creation initiatives with industry partners, technology scouting as well as cooperation with universities and corresponding calls for research proposals. Experiences in using data mining and virtual expert networks are on the way. The talk will focus on OI drivers, approaches and on case examples. Besides, insights on possible pitfalls and on cultural aspects of open innovation will be discussed.

Xander Sim

Xander Sim

Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer
Cell ID Pte Ltd

Xander Sim is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Cell ID Pte Ltd. He heads the Research & Development (R&D) at Cell ID and is currently working on creating affordable near-field Point-of-Care (nf-POC) Devices for Diseases Diagnostics leveraging on mature technologies to create new applications. A certified Industrial Engineer by training, Xander has 30 years of industrial experience, with over 20 years in R&D spanning areas in consumer electronics, telecommunication electronics, automotive, LED lighting, optics and medical industries. He graduated with an MSc. from the University of Liverpool.

 

Innovation in Functional Printing for Diagnostic Applications
It is a dream of many healthcare providers to be able to bring affordable and accessible diagnostic care to the bedside and the community. Point-of-care tests provide quicker results for diagnosing and facilitating more efficient patient-care. One of the key challenges faced is affordability. Cell ID, a local start-up with in-depth expertise in electronics and manufacturing, recognised the challenges and potential opportunity it could address. Through intense R&D and collaboration with external partners, it has successfully redefined the boundaries of traditional printing technology and developed an affordable roll-to-roll printable platform upon which various diagnostics kits could be reproduced with the economies of scale of conventional printing technology. Xander will share Cell ID’s open innovation journey and how it can open up new prospects in completely new application areas.

Crowdsourcing Speakers

Wong Wai Meng

Wong Wai Meng

Chief Executive Officer
Keppel Data Centres

Wong Wai Meng is the Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Data Centres. He has more than 20 years of experience in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry. Prior to joining Keppel T&T, he was Vice President of BT Advise BT Global Services across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and Turkey (AMEA) where he managed the company's practices in business consulting, systems integration, software development, networking, mobility, collaboration and security. He was also CEO of the BT Frontline group of companies where he played a critical role in the integration of BT Frontline into BT Global Services. Wai Meng holds the Honorary Treasurer appointment in the Executive Committee Council of Singapore IT (SiTF) and is also a Senior Member in the Singapore Computer Society. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Poon Joe Keen

Poon Joe Keen

Group Chief Technology Officer & Managing Director (Smart City Solutions)
Surbana Jurong

Poon Joe Keen has a proven track record in senior leadership roles across Asia and Europe. He has successfully led organisations, from start-ups to turning around very large and mature businesses in Asia. Currently, Joe guides Surbana Jurong, the world’s consultancy powerhouse for urbanisation and infrastructure developments, to fulfil its mission of building cities and shaping lives by delivering world leading smart city solutions. Earlier, he had led Xchanging’s, a top Business Process Outsourcing firm, P&L & commercial success in the East Asia and Japan market as President. Prior to that, Joe spent nine years at Microsoft, where he was in the executive team as the Segment Director, OEM Business in Singapore. In that role, Joe led Microsoft’s success in not just the flagship Windows, Office & Server businesses, and also the growth of emerging mobile devices business. Joe also held consulting and business development roles in leading organisations like Deloitte Consulting in London and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore.

Joaquim Llorente

Joaquim Llorente

Chief Innovation Officer
Zobele Group

Joaquim Llorente is an expert in processes for accelerated innovation, applying innovation structured processes and coordinating cross-functional innovation teams. He has wide experience in creating collaborative platforms to rapidly interconnect consumer needs, technology solutions and business requirements. Joaquim has led more than 100 innovation projects for the world leaders in the FMCG sector.

Jennifer Hua

Jennifer Hua

Open Innovation Project Manager, Global Technology Centre
Electrolux Group

Jennifer Hua bridges the Open Innovation Network (composed by external innovators beyond trusted network) and internal stakeholders (represented by all Electrolux departments). She identifies new and innovative business opportunities for Electrolux Group in external Open Innovation Network and promotes internally, offering new solutions to all business units and along the overall company value chain.

Dr Loy Chong Jin

Dr Loy Chong Jin

Research Associate Director
Johnson & Johnson

Dr Loy Chong Jin is Research Associate Director, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Asia Pacific External Innovation. His role is to connect and establish partnerships and investment opportunities with diverse networks of scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs to co-create and accelerate new solutions in Consumer Healthcare. Prior to this, Chong Jin has held roles in discovery, technology development, clinical testing and scientific engagement in J&J Consumer Healthcare.     

Christoph Schmid

Christoph Schmid

Head of Research & Development
Sivantos

Christoph Schmid is Global Head of Product Development at Sivantos, one of the world’s top manufacturers of hearing aids. Sivantos employs about 5,000 people in more than 25 countries and is headquartered in Singapore. Christoph is responsible for product developments at three different sites in Singapore and Germany. He previously worked in various positions in product management, strategy and innovation management.

René Nagl

René Nagl

Senior Manager Technology Mining (Europe & Asia)
Magna International GmbH

René Nagl is the Senior Manager Technology Mining (Europe & Asia) at the Corporate Engineering and R&D department of MAGNA International – a leading global automotive supplier with 306 manufacturing operations and 92 product development, engineering, and sales centres in 29 countries. He is responsible for establishing and leading the long-term technology mining activities in Europe and Asia through engagement and collaboration with economic chambers, academia, professors, other research/technology individuals as well as the start-up community and teams that have exceptional capabilities (specific know-how, resources, and facilities) about developing a solution effectively. Having held different positions throughout his career in Europe and in Asia, starting from hands-on engineering to management, René has gained over 17 years of valuable international experience in the automotive industry.

Donald Lum

Donald Lum

Assistant Vice President, Technology
SATS Limited

Donald Lum is on a mission to identify suitable technologies for operationalisation across the diverse business domains of SATS to improve productivity. He heads the SATS Technology Innovation Centre and is actively pursuing technologies in the realms of production automation, human-robotics collaboration, autonomous vehicles and IoT 2.0. Graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology and LL.B (honours) and post-graduate in Intellectual Property law, Donald has spent the last 16 years in both public and private sectors in technology project management, software sales, IT procurement and contracting and personal data protection.

Dr Kelly Anderson

Dr Kelly Anderson

Open Innovation Manager, Corporate R&D
P&G Singapore Innovation Centre

Dr Kelly Anderson manages P&G’s Connect + Develop efforts in Singapore. In this role, he helps P&G researchers connect to innovation suppliers within the Singapore research community. Previous roles in P&G include managing a collaborative Modelling & Simulation centre with the University of Cincinnati (Ohio, USA), and developing first principles multi-scale simulation capabilities for complex fluids. Prior to that, he performed basic research in nanotechnology at the US Air Force Research Laboratory. Kelly holds a PhD in Material Science and Metallurgy from Cambridge University and a BS in Polymer Science from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr David M. Knapp

Dr David M. Knapp

Vice President, Corporate R&D
Boston Scientific Corporation

Dr David M. Knapp is a leader in the area of Medical Device Development and Exploratory Research, working to treat unmet needs in coronary, cardiovascular and pulmonary medicine for 20 years. Dave’s current focus as Vice President of Corporate Research at Boston Scientific is on developing new solutions and fostering growth in White Space areas. He is passionate about coordinating open collaborative efforts that cut across all Boston Scientific Divisions including developing relationships with external institutions and connecting functions to drive meaningful innovation.  Dave also serves as a Board Member on the Boston Scientific Foundation and is a member of the Boston Scientific Health Advisory Panel.

Dr Sarah Chan

Dr Sarah Chan

Strategic Foresight Manager, Asia Pacific
L'Oréal

Dr Sarah Chan is a Strategic Foresight Manager with L’Oreal, the world’s leading Beauty Company. In her current role, she identifies and analyses emerging and disruptive scientific/ technological discoveries and trends in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan and Korea) that are pertinent to L'Oreal's open innovation strategy and research/ market challenges. Prior to this, Sarah played a key role in translating academic biomedical science research into tangible commercial outcomes at ETPL, the technology transfer arm of the Agency of Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore. At ETPL, she brought academic scientists and industry partners together via negotiation of licensing contracts, research collaboration agreements, and incubation of promising technologies and spin-offs.

Dr Suracha Udomsak

Dr Suracha Udomsak

Technology Business Group Head & R&D Director
SCG Chemicals

Dr Suracha Udomsak holds a dual portfolio at SCG Chemicals Co., Ltd as Technology Business Group Head and Research & Development Director. His primary responsibility is to drive SCG Chemicals’ research and innovation to market. He joined SCG Chemicals in 1989 and since then has extensive experience in polymer production ranging from polyethylene, polypropylene and polyolefin compound. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

Dr Gregory Blokkeel

Dr Gregory Blokkeel

Head of PSA Group Innovation Cell@Singapore
PSA Group

Dr Gregory Blokkeel is heading PSA Peugeot Citroen Innovation Cell in Singapore. His background is in Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering and Innovation Management. After working across several positions within PSA Group Science Department, he was in charge of PSA Group Open Innovation Policy. He is now based in Singapore, leading PSA Group Innovation Cell @Singapore in order to conduct Innovation and experimentations activities toward Sustainable Mobility Concepts within Smart Cities. 

Foo Kean Shuh

Foo Kean Shuh

Senior Vice President, Innovation & Technology
SIA Engineering Company

Foo Kean Shuh joined Singapore Airlines in 1994 as a Technical Services Engineer and served in various roles in the Engineering Division. He was promoted to Manager Technical Services, Fleet in 2005. Prior to his secondment to SIA Engineering Company as Senior Vice President, Innovation & Technology on 1 June 2016, Kean Shuh was holding the position of Divisional Vice President Engineering, Operations in SIA. In his present role, he oversees the Engineering and IT Divisions. He holds a Master of Science in Thermal Power from Cranfield University, UK and a Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree in Aerospace Engineering from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia.

Siah Keng Boon

Siah Keng Boon

Chief Technology Officer
Sembcorp Industries

Siah Keng Boon is the Chief Technology Officer of Sembcorp Industries. He is currently leading the R&D efforts in the Sembcorp Group, planning the technology roadmap and taking lead of various R&D collaborations and planning with third parties, including institutes of higher learning and research centres. Besides having an interest in energy, water and waste-related research projects, Keng Boon has been the principal investigator in different chemical product development, and process development in his job prior to Sembcorp Industries.

Emmi Kaipio

Emmi Kaipio

Open Innovation Officer
Veolia City Modelling Centre and Open Inovasi

Emmi Kaipio is working as Open Innovation Officer at Veolia City Modelling Centre in Singapore. She is in charge of the development of regional open innovation platform, Open Inovasi, which connects the large corporates with innovators. Veolia is a founding partner corporate of the platform.  Previously she worked for the Finnish Cleantech Cluster to support the cleantech sector growth in Scandinavia. Her main responsibilities were coordination of the local open innovation platform and organisation of the biggest cleantech investor event in the Northern Europe.

Platform Technologies & Application Speakers

Cort Isernhagen

Cort Isernhagen

Managing Director, Asia Pacific
Lux Research

As Managing Director, Cort oversees the business operations for the Asia Pacific region of Lux Research, helping clients track emerging technologies in the physical, material, and life sciences and identify the new technologies that will speed innovation and commercialisation in their organisations.  Prior to his role at Lux Research, Cort spent 15 years with IDC, in various positions, most recently as Vice President for IDC's Insights businesses with responsibility for Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. In this role, he managed international research teams providing advice and guidance to executives supporting their technology investment and implementation plans. He has also held posts with Chinadotcom and International Data Group (IDG).  Cort holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Business from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the American Graduate School of International Management-Thunderbird.

 

Trends and Innovations in IoT Security

In the rush to be first to market for new connected products, enterprise-grade security is often an afterthought for the suppliers of these devices.  In this session, Cort Isernhagen will identify key trends in IoT security, highlight new technology innovations emerging in this space, start-ups driving toward commercialisation, and offer a forward-looking view of the future of industrial IoT solutions.

Subho Halder

Subho Halder

Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer
Appknox

Subho Halder is the Co-Founder and CTO at Appknox, a mobile security company that helps developers and companies to build secure mobile application. He looks after the security technologies and the product development to ensure we are always ahead in our game. Subho has previously developed AFE (Android Framework for Exploitation) and has done in-depth research and analysis on mobile platforms. He has been also listed multiple times in various Halls of Fame for finding out critical security vulnerabilities in Google, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft and many more. He has presented many talks and conducted workshops at conferences like BlackHat, Defcon, ToorCon, SysCan, ClubHack, NullCon, OWASP AppSec and RSA Conference.

 

The Internet of Things or the Internet of Threats?

"The need for improved security on IoT devices will become more pressing" – Symantec
As consumers buy more smartwatches, activity trackers, holographic headsets, and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices, the need for improved security on these devices will become more pressing. According to a Gartner report titled "Agenda Overview for the Internet of Things", by 2020 close to 30 billion connected things will be in use across a wide range of industries and the IoT will touch every role across the enterprise.

Dr Andreas Hauser

Dr Andreas Hauser

Director, Digital Service
TÜV SÜD Asia Pacific

Dr Andreas Hauser completed his PhD in Applied Mathematics in numerical simulation of physical processes and systems. He developed the latest software solutions for optimising power components and network performance in the central research department of Siemens. He then joined the international service provider TUV SUD in Singapore and is leading future business initiatives in the environment and ICT domain. He is currently Director of the Centre of Excellence, a company-wide digital service initiative within TUV SUD and responsible for the development of novel solutions to ensure safety, security, reliability, performance and interoperability of IoT and data driven installations.

 

Safety, Security and Reliability – Challenges and Strategy of System Integration

Advances in Data Analytics and Connectivity drive IoT-based installations such as Industry 4.0, smart healthcare or smart transport. Though the components of these systems may be qualified according to existing standards and best practices, the whole system currently cannot be qualified sufficiently in terms of safety, security and reliability. These risks prevent technologies from unfolding their full potential in the market. Andreas will present actual practice to qualify components, such as sensors or robots, and sketch out methodologies to qualify smart installations.

Erel Rosenberg

Erel Rosenberg

Chief Executive Officer
DFRC Pte Ltd

Erel Rosenberg has over 25 years of experience in managing the development of complex and large-scale systems. An expert in location algorithms, tracking and geospatial data mining, since 2009 he is CTO of DFRC, a leading SME specialised in research and development of geospatial data fusion and analysis applied to Safety and Security, Crowd Monitoring and Smart Cities. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a Master's degree in Computer Science. 

 

Brave New World - How to Protect your IoT Network against the New Cyber Security Frontier

IoT is becoming an essential part of the modern environment. However, IoT devices are far more exposed to cyber threats compared to “conventional” computer systems. As IoT devices are located in a hostile environment, a completely new thinking is required in order to protect the devices and more important the network infrastructure from cyber threats.

Mark Baugher

Mark Baugher

Principal Security Architect
Greenwave Systems Inc

Mark Baugher is Greenwave System’s Principal Security Architect with responsibility for the security in the company’s products.  Prior to joining Greenwave, Mark was a Principal Engineer at Cisco Systems where he worked on security for home networks, Named Data Networking, media streaming and group security. Mark joined Cisco in 2001 after co-founding and serving as the CTO of Passedge Inc., which developed a multicast media security product.  He has led teams that delivered innovative technologies such as Intel's PC-RSVP, the first network reservation system on a PC, and LAN Server Ultimedia, IBM's first media server product. Mark has co-authored several widely-used standards including Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol (RFC 3711) and the GDOI group key management (RFC 3547) in the IETF, and the MPEG-4 Encryption and Authentication standard in the Internet Streaming Media Alliance. Mark has an M.A. degree in Computer Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin.

Christian Lindemann

Christian Lindemann

Research & Exploitation Manager
Direct Manufacturing Research Centre

Christian-Friedrich Lindemann studied industrial engineering at the University of Paderborn with a focus on strategic production and innovation management. After which, he joined the Chair for "Computer Application and Integration in Design and Planning" as scientific staff from Prof. Dr.-Ing. Rainer Koch. Since 2010, he has been strongly involved in the Direct Manufacturing Research Center (DMRC) at the Paderborn University. One of his main research topics is cost-efficient design and planning with Additive Manufacturing (AM) technologies during the product lifecycle, with the aim to increase the number of part candidates for the AM technology. He also investigates existing methods for product design and the feasibility of AM technologies. During his research, he has participated in industry and European Projects (EU-FP7 / H2020), framework projects as well as in projects of the European Space Agency (ESA).

 

A Holistic Approach to Additive Manufacturing
Christian-Friedrich will give an overview of how a product development process is carried out using additive manufacturing methodology. The presentation will focus on the design and manufacture of a component used by the space sector as an example and will discuss each of the product development phases. This will include best practices and methodologies to be used in the different phases of the product development. A special emphasis will be on a methodology for an appropriate part selection. The presentation will also cover the economic estimations as well as necessary tests and post-processing of the parts

Dr Ho Chaw Sing

Dr Ho Chaw Sing

Managing Director
National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster

Dr Ho Chaw Sing, Managing Director of NAMIC, heads the Singapore government funded initiative to catalyse innovation and adoption of additive manufacturing technologies in the industry, by integrating translational research and commercialisation strategies to create innovative products, processes and services. Before joining the public sector, Chaw Sing headed the IP Technology and Innovation at HP Singapore, Printing and Personal Systems Group, where he oversaw technology partner relationships, IP strategy, and strategic innovation initiatives for the Supplies Business. Prior to this, he was the global head for Consumer Inkjet Supplies Business operations, overseeing internal manufacturing outsourced operations and product innovation. Chaw Sing started his career and spent a decade in Chartered Semiconductor and Globalfoundries, where he undertook various leadership executive roles in technology development and engineering operations. Chaw Sing is a National University of Singapore alumnus, where he obtained his Bachelors (Honours) and Doctorate degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

 

ABSTRACT

Industry Transformation - Digital Manufacturing

Chaw Sing will introduce NAMIC’s blueprint and its role in Singapore’s industrial transformation in the new digital economy. He will share how companies can partner and work with NAMIC to bridge the technology gaps in their innovation journeys and adopt additive manufacturing technologies in their businesses - through collaboration with the universities, research institutes and innovation centres. Chaw Sing will also speak on the importance of anticipating and adapting to the fast-paced technological changes, and to use technology to create differentiated products and services that will enable new business growth opportunities as well as to scale internationally.

Dr Dieter Schwarze

Dr Dieter Schwarze

Head Additive Process
SLM Solutions Group AG

Dr Dieter Schwarze is one of the early pioneers in additive manufacturing. He started his journey in additive manufacturing in 1989, working on R&D and the commercialisation of additive manufacturing. He co-founded the widely used Selective Laser Melting technology. In 2008, he joined SLM Solutions GmbH in Lübeck as the scientific coordinator and heads the additive process development. Dieter studied physics at the University of Paderborn.

 

High Power Multi-Laser Selective Laser Melting
Laser additive manufacturing (AM) of pure metallic materials has a nearly 20-year-old history and today has reached its role as a fully established manufacturing technology. SLM Solutions has continuously worked on improvements with respect to reliability, repeatability and productivity of Selective Laser Melting machines and the corresponding SLM® (registered trademark of SLM Solutions) process. With SLM’s relentless drive towards innovation, the presentation will share how productivity can be increased, making AM solutions more viable for mass production. The presentation will also share how SLM has enabled Single to Series Manufacture, and SLM’s platform is capable of fabricating a diverse range of components and tools.

Michael Drost

Michael Drost

Head of Sales
Lithoz GmbH

Michael Drost is Head of Sales at Lithoz GmbH. Lithoz GmbH is based in Vienna/Austria and is the world leader in additive manufacturing of ceramic components. Prior to Lithoz, he had worked for more than 20 years at H.C. Starck Germany as Global Sales Manager. He was responsible for international sales of ceramic and atomised alloyed and refractory metal powders for the different forming processes and established the Additive Manufacturing Powder Sector at H.C. Starck starting with CoCr-Alloys in the early 90s. Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Leuphania University Lüneburg in 1984. 

 

Lithographic-based Additive Manufacturing for Dense and Precise High-Performance Ceramics

While Additive Manufacturing (AM)-technologies are already state-of-the-art in plastics processing or metalworking, the ceramic industry has been reluctant to implement this kind of technology as additive manufactured ceramics are found to lack essential material properties such as density or strength, which hindered the application of such parts as technical ceramics. Lithography-based Ceramic Manufacturing (LCM) process is a novel additive manufacturing (AM) technique especially designed for the fabrication of precise and strong ceramic objects, it is able to achieve high green densities and thus, enable the production of strong, dense and accurate ceramic parts without any geometrical limitations. The parts produced using this technology have very similar mechanical properties as classical formed ceramic parts.Michael will share elaborate and differentiate between facts and potentials of this new manufacturing paradigm on one side, and the myths and expectations generated by the media on the other, to give a thorough overview on the current state of the art in AM of ceramics and the challenges that have yet to be overcome.

Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Speakers

Jordi Maluquer de Motes

Jordi Maluquer de Motes

Director, Singapore
Catalonia Trade and Investment (Spain)

Jordi Maluquer de Motes is Director at the Catalonia Trade & Investment – ACCIO office since 2000; providing support to Catalan SME business expansion to Southeast Asia, promoting Catalonia as an investment destination and gate of entry into the European market and facilitating links between innovative Catalan companies and Research & Development centres and their Singapore and Southeast Asia counterparts. As an EEN partner just in the year 2015, the Catalonia Trade & Investment – ACCIO brought over 500 Catalan companies to 34 brokerages of the network and activity will be widened to Singapore through the agency’s local office in 2016.  Jordi has a degree in Economics and a postgraduate degree in Asia Pacific Marketing Management. His professional experience in Asia dates back to 1995 in Malaysia.

 

Catalonia Innovation Landscape – Opportunities for Collaboration

The presentation will focus on the strengths of R&D in the state of Catalonia, its network of R&D centres under the Tecnio brand and the avenues for collaboration with Singapore innovative companies and its own R&D centres through the EEN platform of which Catalonia Trade & Investment – ACCIO is a very active member.

 

Jaroslav Sobotka

Jaroslav Sobotka

Consultant, Business Innovation Centre and Vice-chair of EEN Sector Group for Micro and Nanotechnologies
BIC PLZEN (Czech Republic)

Jaroslav Sobotka is a Consultant at Business Innovation Centre, a small organisation supporting start-up and innovative companies in Pilsen and Pilsen region, where he provides technology transfer and innovation services for SMEs and research organisations since 2010. He is also the Vice-chair of the EEN Sector Group for Micro and Nanotechnologies.

 

Innovative Manufacturing Technologies from the Czech Republic for Collaboration

Located in Central Europe, the Czech Republic presents strategic partners for research and innovation, such as those in the materials and manufacturing sectors. The presentation highlights the types of innovations from the country and potential areas of technology collaboration with Singapore companies and research organisations.

Juan Carmona-Schneider

Juan Carmona-Schneider

Senior Consultant and Sector Group Chair of Healthcare, Enterprise Europe Network
ZENIT GmbH

Juan Carmona-Schneider is Senior Consultant at the innovation agency ZENIT. He leads the teams Healthcare and Internationalisation of SMEs. Within the Enterprise Europe Network, he is the chair of the Sector Group Healthcare and member of the Thematic Group Internationalisation of SMEs to third countries outside EU/EEA. Juan studied Geography, Economics and Law and has a diploma in Economic Geography.

 

Offering Excellent Opportunities for International Technological and Business Cooperation from Germany

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), with 750,000 SMEs, is the industrial heart of Germany. About 70 universities and more than further 60 research institutions with innovative technologies are based in this federal state.

NRW is also Germany's top destination for foreign investment and international cooperation.

Dr Martine Lesponne

Dr Martine Lesponne

Head of Business Support
French Chamber in Singapore

Dr Martine Lesponne is Head of Business Support Department at the French Chamber in Singapore. She leads a team promoting French know-how and innovation and takes care of French companies interested in developing their business in Singapore and South East Asia. Previously in France, she was a Senior Consultant specialised in innovation and animated a 20-organisation network composed of university labs, technical centres and excellence clusters focused on improving technology and innovation in SMEs on a regional scale. Martine has a multi-sectorial experience and she has a Master’s degree in Food Industry Engineering and a PhD in Food Science.

 

French Technology and Innovation: Expertise, Opportunities and Challenges

France is ranked third in terms of innovation in the world, after Japan and the United States. With five other countries, France dominates patent demand in key sectors like additive manufacturing, nanotechnology and robotics. French innovation policies have supported public and private sectors for a long time, resulting in a technological and innovative environment to attract talent, investment and private R&D centres. France also wants to reinforce internationalisation of its innovative companies. The presentation focuses on French technology and innovation landscape, some key trends sectors crossed with Singapore interests and several French company profiles from various fields interested in finding partners in Singapore.

Zita Majoros

Zita Majoros

Consultant, Enterprise Europe Network Directorate
Hungarian National Trading House

Zita Majoros works as a consultant in Budapest for Enterprise Europe Network and is responsible for innovation services for SMEs. She is a Key Account Manager and supports the Hungarian Phase 1 and Phase 2 beneficiaries of the Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme since 2014. She acts as a mentor, connects them with the appropriate business coaches and offers them complementary Enterprise Europe Network services. She has already assessed highly innovative companies and helped them to enhance their innovation management capacity with an innovation diagnostic tool called Imp3rove. 

 

Innovation Landscape of Hungary – The Strength of Creativity

Computer, Rubik Cube, Prezi… just to mention a few Hungarian innovations that conquered the whole world. There is no development without innovation, hence it is very important to support those companies which carry the potential for a change. Technology and innovation performance have become the main element of economic growth lately, also in Hungary. The presentation highlights Hungary’s key tech sectors and presents lively examples in the field of innovation that can be a great opportunity for collaboration with Singapore.