This is a session at Innov8rs Connect – Business Design & Venture Building, 12-13 May 2020

Ford vs. Itself: The Art of Self-Disruption

Shared mobility, autonomous vehicles, connected cars, and the electric revolution – the future of transportation is upon us but how can a 117-year old company ensure it doesn’t get left behind? The playbook of the past simply won’t work when designing for the future.

Join Safir Jamal, Head of Strategy & Operations at Ford X, to learn how Ford’s corporate incubator is building new ventures to shape the industry’s future – and is disrupting its parent company along the way.

Safir Jamal

Head of Strategy & Operations at Ford X

Safir Jamal is an experienced venture builder and corporate innovator, based in Silicon Valley. He is the Head of Strategy & Operations at Ford X, the Ford Motor Company’s venture incubator, where he leads a team of 30+ entrepreneurs, designers, and engineers to envision, build, and validate new ventures to shape the future of transportation.

Prior to his current role, Safir spent 7 years at Procter & Gamble in Boston, leading Gillette’s global innovation strategy. As the Founder of GilletteLabs, Gillette’s innovation incubator, he led the team that developed and launched The GilletteLabs Heated Razor, which was named to TIME’s list of The 100 Best Inventions of 2019 and won the Engadget People’s Choice Award as the best new product of CES 2019.

Safir has traveled to over 60 countries, speaks 5 languages, and considers himself to be a coconut water connoisseur.