This is a session at Innov8rs Barcelona, 21-22 April 2020

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Innovating in a Dinosaur Industry

15 years ago energy was an industry dominated by state-owned monopolies, tomorrow it may be dominated by the GAFA. As in many other industries, the value chain is deconstructing and reconstructing, and the disruptors are coming from outside of our industry. How do energy companies address the tidal-wave of innovation to stay relevant in the decades to come?

Csilla will talk about some of the challenges and choices faced by ENGIE today, and the key lessons learned over the last 5 years of innovation initiatives:
• Innovation teams and hubs and their relation to the ‘real business’
• Make or Buy choices: Internal vs external innovation
• Integrating start-ups into the organization
• Detecting and acting on weak signals: too early vs too late
• Centralized vs decentralized innovation management systems

Csilla Kohalmi-Monfils

Innovation Director at ENGIE Fab

Csilla joined ENGIE in 2011 as Strategic Projects Director in Budapest, Hungary. She later became EVP Strategy, New Business & Digital for Asia Pacific before taking on her global role in innovation. Prior to ENGIE Csilla held senior functions at various energy companies in Hungary, including MOL Group.

Csilla started her career with Unilever where she headed up business development projects in Europe and Latin America. Later, at the Boston Consulting Group, she developed new business opportunities and managed change projects for corporate clients across the world.

Csilla holds a BSc in Chemical Engineering and an MSc in Bioengineering from the Technical University of Budapest (Master thesis in Molecular Biology at CNRS—Institut Jacques Monod in Paris). She also holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau.