Live Sessions

In the event's main week you can join 25+ interactive group sessions. Talks, Workshops and Ask Me Anything's, all covering what you need to know and do now.


Tuesday 13 April

Innovators Insights

13 April, 16:00 SGT/10:00 CET

Mindsets and Behaviors for Sustainable Innovation

Danielle Winandy
Head of RISK Innovation Office at BNP Paribas

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We often say that our mindsets create our reality. When it comes to sustainable innovation, what are the mindsets, behaviors and values to drive innovation and have a real impact on the planet?

Discover the co-elevation concept and the mindsets, behaviors and values to go further.

Danielle Winandy is a serial intrapreneur at heart with 13 years’ experience in financial services and innovation. Since 2017, Danielle has been the Head of the RISK Innovation Office at BNP Paribas. Her current role involves creating an environment that fosters innovation by introducing intrapreneurship programs, methods, models and metrics. Danielle and her team also facilitate innovation trainings and workshops throughout the company and network with external experts. Danielle has helped shape the innovation evolution within BNPP through several innovation initiatives.

Danielle is committed to issues such as women in leadership and their progress within the workplace. She also co-founded Women in Cyber Network @ BNP Paribas, a global community that aims to bring more women to technological jobs, especially Cyber Security.
Danielle holds certificates from Harvard Business School in Disruptive Strategy, Sustainable Business Strategy, a master on Design Thinking from MIT and she became a Futurist certified from Institute for the Future in 2020. She is passionate about people, Sustainability and Innovation.

Learning Lab

13 April, 17:00 SGT/11:00 CET

Storytelling For Impact

Jacqui Hocking
CEO & Storyteller at Vision Strategy Storytelling

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There has never been a more critical moment for brands to step up when it comes to social and environmental crises. But with so much information overload — it’s hard to differentiate.

Join us in this workshop to innovate the way you use storytelling to stand out from the crowd and share your vision & mission. With authentic, powerful storytelling, you can attract more conscious customers, inspire employees, and ultimately transform your business to create a meaningful impact.

After starting her first storytelling company as a teenager, and then sailing around the world with a UN Global Climate Expedition as a documentary filmmaker; Jacqui came to realise that the best ESG solutions exist already, but these visionaries needed more visibility. Hence, she moved to Singapore to become a serial systems entrepreneur — building B Corp certified companies that work with multinational clients & visionary social enterprises around the world on their Strategy & Storytelling.

Now a Forbes 30 under 30 and 2 time TEDx speaker, she hopes to be remembered for being on the forefront leading businesses to become the solution for the world’s problems and not the cause.

Her goal is to build a new industry of “ESG turnaround strategists”; to help shareholders steer clear from both moral & financial bankruptcy.

Trending Topic Talk

13 April, 18:00 SGT/12:00 CET

The Decade of Action: Innovation & Sustainability 2030

Michelle Beale & Alexander Kruczek
General Manager at Itonics ZA | Senior Sales Manager at Itonics

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The need for innovation for a sustainable future has never been more immediate. We must act - NOW!

This decade will determine the future of life on Earth, for humans and nature alike. In ten years, we must change our entire way of living and acting. Sustainability must shape every aspect of our lives if we are to mitigate climate change and slow global warming.

That said, what does it mean in concrete terms?

In this session, following our recent report on Innovation & Sustainability in 2030, Michelle and Alex highlight a number of trends that will become significantly more important in the next 10 years. Learn how to identify and assess them accordingly. We look forward to an exciting exchange on this highly meaningful topic.

Michelle is a Strategic Insights & Innovation Capabilities Lead at ITONICS. As an innovation practitioner, she has global experience in helping organizations leverage opportunities to capture new value and better serve stakeholder needs. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Marketing Management from the University of Pretoria where she specialized in uses and gratifications theory.
Michelle oversees the ITONICS Cape Town team responsible for analysis and content generation. Her expertise lies in building innovation capabilities to inspire clients to address customer needs.

Alexander Kruczek has been working in the sales department of ITONICS for 4 years and as a Senior Sales Manager. His main focus here is on the financial sector and the aviation industry. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration with a focus on sustainability and information technology. His clients include the world leader in offshore wind energy Orsted, the food company Mondelez and the American insurer Progressive Insurance.

Trending Topic Talk

13 April, 19:00 SGT/13:00 CET/7am ET

The Business Case for Purpose

Daniel Nowack
Managing Director at Yunus Social Business

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Can we measure the ROI of social innovation? And should we? This session will explore the lessons learned from intrapreneurs at the forefront, insights into experimentation approaches to connect intrapreneurship to hard business metrics, and an overview of existing research on how purpose connects to financial value.

Daniel Nowack is Managing Director at Yunus Social Business (YSB), a philanthropic venture fund for social businesses in LATAM, Africa and India, co-founded by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus. Daniel works with corporate partners to inspire purpose-driven innovation and transformation of value chains through social business initiatives. Together with partners such as Vodafone, IKEA or Merck, Daniel and his team develop impact programs and ventures to support the corporate journey towards tangible and authentic purpose transformation.

Through various roles in startups and the impact ecosystem, Daniel connects the dots between science fiction and social fiction. He is a former CFO to various startups, a Senior Partner at the innovation agency Lumen Partners, PMO Lead for the World Economic Forum's COVID Alliance for Social Entrepreneurs, a founding member of a German faith-based investment club, a mentor for Google Launchpad and Founders Institute as well as a lecturer for Lean Startup at TU Munich, University RheinMain and Fresenius University of Applied Sciences.

Trending Topic Talk

13 April, 20:00 SGT/14:00 CET/8am ET

IoST: How to Create the Internet of Sustainable Things

Alan Cucknell
Head of Strategic Innovation, Technology & Design at Ignite Exponential

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You know WHY you want to reduce your footprint. You might even know WHAT positive impact to make. But understanding HOW to drive out waste and create positive behaviours while operating profitably is complex.

Connected, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are part of the answer to transforming your business.

But this isn’t about technology. It’s about the new experiences, new business models and new ways of working that IoT can unleash. Drawing on decades of work and real-world examples, Alan will share his experience of how IoT systems can drive sustainable change and how established corporations can successfully adopt these new technologies and business models.

Alan believes innovation can change the world for the better and brings to this challenge a track record of breakthrough innovation for leading brands over more than two decades.

He currently leads Ignite Exponential, the strategic innovation and design business unit of specialist electronics consultancy Plextek. Initially trained as a manufacturing engineer, and with a passion for design, consumer insight and new business models this broad experience has given him a wide ranging and holistic perspective on sustainability and growth. He’s proud to have partnered with leading companies including Lego, Bosch, Electrolux, Procter & Gamble and many others.

His work has helped to address a broad range of strategic challenges such as creating innovation strategies to manage in extreme volatility, developing next generation product portfolios and integrating design principles into corporate cultures. He’s passionate about working across disciplines and industries as innovation is enabled by unusual connections and partnerships, and the transfer of insight, technologies and inspiration between domains.

Trending Topic Talk

13 April, 21:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am ET

A Decade of Transformation: How the Climate Crisis Redefines Sustainability in Business

Raz Godelnik
Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design – The New School in New York

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The efforts to embed sustainability in business have evolved tremendously since Milton Friedman made the case fifty years ago that the only responsibility of companies is to maximize shareholder value. The much-celebrated emergence of stakeholder capitalism was supposed to fix the shortcomings of shareholder primacy, but unfortunately, these efforts still fail to achieve meaningful results.

As a result, a new transformation is on the way, one that is grounded in the urgency of the climate crisis and is going to radically change the fundamentals of sustainability in business. This session will focus on this upcoming transformation, what it is going to look like, and how companies can best prepare for it.

Raz Godelnik is an Assistant Professor of Strategic Design and Management at Parsons School of Design – The New School in New York. He is currently working on a new book: "Rethinking Corporate Sustainability in the Era of Climate Crisis - A Strategic Design Approach", which will be published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2021.

Raz teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on business models, leadership, sustainability, the sharing economy, and strategic design, and his research explores connections between innovation, sustainability, business, and design. He explores how to make sustainable business models more effective in an entrepreneurial environment and works on developing a new approach (sustainability-as-unusual) to addressing the critical sustainability challenges we face. He has also been leading a collaboration between Parsons students and refugees in Berlin working together on entrepreneurial initiatives to address refugee needs in cities and refugee camps.

Raz is the co-founder of two green startups (Hemper Jeans and Eco-Libris) and writes regularly about issues related to sustainable business, climate change, and strategic design.

Trending Topic Talk

13 April, 22:00 SGT/16:00 CET/10am ET

10 Principles to Help You Drive Regenerative Innovation

Sesh Vedachalam
Associate Strategy Director at Frog

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There is a lot to learn about regenerative innovation and a lot of it is in flux. Planetary tipping points, regulations, potential solutions, and consumer behaviours are all changing rapidly. How do we make sense of and operate in this dynamic space?

In this session, Sesh defines 10 principles that function as foundational yet flexible guidelines for your work – regardless of your role or industry. Join her for an interactive session where we explore how to put these principles into practice – with examples and methods that combine regenerative thinking with human-centered design methods.

Sesh is an Associate Strategy Director in frog’s London studio. She has 9+ years of experience in strategy, service design, user research and management consulting. Sesh believes in the power of design and innovation as a force to build a world that works regeneratively and equitably for all.

She uses a trans-disciplinary approach to help clients identify whitespace opportunities and build products, services and experiences that meets user needs and creates value for everyone.

Innovators Insights

13 April, 17:00 CET/11am ET/8am PT

Social Intrapreneurship: Use Your Career To Change The World

Tim Heard
Head of Intrapreneurship at Barclays Ventures and Co-founder at Circle of Intrapreneurs

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Meet the superheroes of the corporate world. In this session Tim Heard, Head of Intrapreneurship at Barclays and Co-Founder of the Circle of Intrapreneurs, hosts a panel with 3 Social Intrapreneurs from various industries talking about their experiences developing profitably-do-good propositions from within some of the world’s largest companies.

Recognised by the UN, Cambridge University and One Young World for leadership in social innovation Tim is one of the world's leading experts on intrapreneurship. He has used his experiences of being an intrapreneur, social intrapreneur, and the first Head of Intrapreneurship at Barclays to become a globally recognised speaker, lecturer, author, and theorist on the topic.

He is passionate about helping established companies develop and nurture ‘in-house’ entrepreneurs so that they can innovate more like a start-up, respond to disruption and impact society more effectively. He has successfully worked across industries to improve his own methodologies and become a thought leader in corporate innovation.

Because of his passion for social intrapreneurship Tim co-founded the Circle of Intrapreneurs; now the world’s largest network of intrapreneurs – which grew from a LinkedIn group to a global movement within 3 years. In the process he has worked with 100s companies in multiple industries to help them to become more innovative and enriched/improved the lives of 100,000s people around the world.

Trending Topic Talk

13 April, 18:00 CET/12pm ET/9am PT

What Are the Secrets of Sustainability Front-Runners?

David Young
Senior Partner and Managing Director at Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Fellow at BCG Henderson Institute

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2020 marked a turning point: the time to raise corporations’ ambition for the common good they create in society is now. Consumers, employees, investors, regulators, and the civil society all demand it.

Based on more than 100 in-depth case studies of Sustainable Business Model Innovation, we show how the best companies are reinventing their business models to deliver environmental and societal surpluses, in turn, unlocking new sources of competitive advantage and value for the business. This session shares secrets from these front-runners.

David Young is a Managing Director & Senior Partner in the Boston office of Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and leads BCG's total societal impact and sustainability topic globally. He is a Fellow of the BCG Henderson Institute, researching Sustainable Business Model Innovation (SBM-I).

Dave has gained deep knowledge and experience in the Social, Public and Private sectors in developing strategy and transforming these organizations to achieve greater social impact, at higher scale, more quickly. He strives to support businesses achieve their Sustainable Development Goals, as well as find profitable new businesses with higher social value and be recognized by their stakeholders for doing so.

Trending Topic Talk

13 April, 19:00 CET/1pm ET/10am PT

Delivering Sustainable Growth - Eliminating Silos Across Strategy, Sustainability & Innovation Functions

Sandra Steving
Partner at Founders Intelligence

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When it comes to leading the next generation of Sustainable Growth, one thing is clear: The old rules no longer apply. It will take an unprecedented double act: Reconciling the imperative towards economic growth and new value creation, with a need to create that growth sustainably and in alignment with wider climate commitments. Only a bold retooling of the way power is distributed in companies across Strategy, Sustainability and Innovation functions will unlock a new way forward. This will require a cohesive vision that eliminates silos, misalignment and competing priorities in order to embed the tools, technologies, and talent to deliver economic growth, new value creation AND sustainability simultaneously.

We’ll explore a blueprint for this new kind of operating model, lay out actionable organising principles and share case studies from how pioneering companies have approached the challenge (and opportunity) for radical change.

Sandra is a Partner at Founders Intelligence, the entrepreneur powered strategy consultancy at Founders Forum, the leading private network of technology entrepreneurs and investors. With a focus on sustainable growth as well as consumer, luxury and retail, she advises a wide range of global clients on growth and innovation strategy, new ventures and start-up investment/partnerships, while building deep relationships with leading entrepreneurs and investors. Clients include Unilever, Puig, American Express, Shell, Citi, and Marriott.

She has a multidisciplinary background spanning design strategy, new venture creation and architecture, and is an active speaker on innovation and an adviser to early stage businesses. She was previously a Director at NY based innovation consultancy Fahrenheit 212, where she led global projects and eventually co-launched and scaled its European HQ.

Enlightening Exchange

13 April, 20:00 CET/2pm ET/11am PT

Five Questions For a New Generation of Innovators

John Suh
Vice President & Founding Director of New Horizons Studio at Hyundai Motor Group

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Join this session for a conversation about these five questions, John has outlined for a new generation of innovators.
1. What lies beyond the barrier? Or what is calling to us from beyond the barrier?
2. Who are we and where are we headed?
3. Are there not among us, those who will act on behalf of all, people who will attempt to do the things that need to be done and who do not need to be supervised as they address these problems?
4. What does civilization bring to people that they did not already have, and why is civilization so hard on the people who turn it down?
5. What sort of future can we expect never to see?

John Suh is vice president and founding director of New Horizons Studio, which is focused on the development of Ultimate Mobility Vehicles (UMVs), including the concept vehicle Hyundai Elevate. New Horizons Studio is expected to push the extreme limits of vehicle development, building vehicles to traverse off-road terrains with unprecedented mobility, through a combination of robotics and wheeled locomotion technology.

John has held several leadership roles at Hyundai Motor Group since 2011. He served as founding director of Hyundai Ventures, and then led Hyundai CRADLE (Center for Robotic-Augmented Design in Living Experiences) as its founding director based in Silicon Valley. He brings over 35 years of expertise in the automotive and emerging technology sectors, including roles at Stanford University, Palo Alto Research Center (PARC; formerly, Xerox PARC), and General Motors Company.

John has a BS degree in electrical engineering from Kettering University and an MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. John has numerous technical publications and has six patents and patents pending in the fields of robotics, artificial nose technology, and location based services.

Wednesday 14 April

Innovators Insights

14 April, 15:00 SGT/09:00 CET

How Businesses can be a Catalyst and Innovate for Social Impact

Åsa Skogström Feldt
Managing Director of IKEA Social Entrepreneurship

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Hear how IKEA Social Entrepreneurship is using a multitude of support tools and partnerships to work with impact through social enterprises and business.

We will discuss how working with and scaling these approaches contributes to addressing growing inequalities, and how it positively impacts people, the planet and our society.

Åsa Skogström Feldt is managing the global IKEA Social Entrepreneurship. Åsa has a combination of business and NGO background. Some of her previous assignments have been: global President and CEO of The Hunger Project in New York and CEO of The Hunger Project Sweden, business leader of social entrepreneurship at IKEA of Sweden, head of marketing for Sony Ericsson in Germany, corporate communications director for Aspiro and as marketing communications manager for Ericsson Mobile Communications in the Middle East and Africa. She is currently also a member of the steering committee of the Swedish Forum for Social innovation and lives in Malmö, Sweden.

Innovators Insights

14 April, 16:00 SGT/10:00 CET

Decarbonizing and Delighting the Customer with Climate Innovation

Anthony Watanabe
Head of Growth and Innovation, Smart and Green Mobility Hub at Alstom

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Triangulating macro-developments such as the US rejoining the Paris agreement, the growing influence of the Task Force on Climate-related Disclosure, and the IRIS initiative of Carbone4, there is reinforced momentum across sectors and geographies for taking action on climate change. And for any national, state of local government, transportation is a key part of the mix, typically representing 25-30% of CO2 emissions from fuel combustion.

In regions such as Europe, however, rail represents a mere 1.8% of total transportation emissions. Given rail’s status as the most sustainable mode of motorized transportation, increasing rail’s portion of the mix will directly decrease transportation’s percentage of region emissions and total emissions in general. Rail offers a net environmental benefit, not to mention social benefits around safety and accessibility, and economic benefits related to GDP growth and land value capture.

In addition to scaling traditional rail infrastructure, there are several innovation opportunities for further decarbonizing the rail value chain.

Building on Alstom’s already strong portfolio of sustainable solutions and initiatives such as our science based targets, our commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2025 and of course, our hydrogen powered train, our Climate Innovation platform offers clear and present value to our customers. While specific to rail, Alstom’s Climate Innovation offering holds promise for any organization looking to increase customer value through renewables, ecosystem partnerships, energy storage and green finance.

An articulate, agile & transversal innovator with a proven ability to analyze complex issues, determine strategic directions, engage and execute. Multi-lingual global leader on a mission to build innovative and sustainable communities through scaling rail infrastructure. Market transformation to sustainability on four continents.

Innovators Insights

14 April, 17:00 SGT/11:00 CET

Scaling at Speed: A New Approach to Business Building

Cathal Hughes
Investment Associate at bp LaunchPad

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Three unique worlds are evolving and converging at such pace, leaving many of us scrambling to see where the dust will settle: the energy world, tech world and the investment world. This rapidly changing environment and state-of-play means that new methods, models and techniques will be required. It will take a hybrid approach, that has sufficient flexibility to roll with the punches but most importantly – build scalable energy businesses at pace.

In this session you will learn:

- About the transition that BP is set up to embark upon: what it will take and how we plan to do it.
- About BP’s innovation ecosystem – how we engage with internal ideas and external opportunities across levels of business growth stage
- Our unique business-building scaling engine – Launchpad. Set up with the sole purpose of building transformative new ventures at breakneck speed.
- Share our lessons learnt to date and hopes for the future.

Cathal Hughes is an Investment Associate at BP Launchpad – where his role is to originate and invest in disruptive energy tech start-ups that have huge scaling potential to impact upon the net-zero transition of BP and the planet. A Dublin native, prior to Launchpad he assisted Irish cleantech companies developing their business in the UK market.

Innovators Insights

14 April, 18:00 SGT/12:00 CET

Structured Approach to Impact Innovation

Stefan Kinze
Group Director, Innovation Lab 2, FutureLab at Grundfos

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In this session, Stefan will explore how Grundfos targets UN sustainability goals through innovation, how they are organizing themselves in regards to core business and external partners, and how they drive activities forward. He will present examples of activities that they are bringing forward.

Stefan Kloster Kinze is result oriented and passionate about solving the world's climate challenges through new business models technologies and innovation.

Trending Topic Talk

14 April, 19:00 SGT/13:00 CET/7am ET

Making the Sustainability Shift at Sandvik: 100,000 Ideas or Innovations by 2030

Simon Hill & Mats W Lundberg
CEO & Founder at Wazoku | Head of Sustainability at Sandvik Group

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Simon Hill, CEO of Wazoku will introduce you to concepts including innovation at scale, challenge driven innovation and share practical examples of how Wazoku is supporting global businesses to be leaders in driving and delivering high impact outcomes for both purpose and profit.

Mats Lundberg, Head of Sustainability at Sandvik. Sandvik is a high-tech and global engineering Group with about 40,000 employees with a strong commitment to enhancing customer productivity, profitability and sustainability. Mats will be candidly sharing the ambitious sustainability goals Sandvik has set to 2030 and talking about the various initiatives the business is taking to achieve these goals, including some world leading initiatives in circular economy, climate and beyond, and how the business is seeking to give everyone a voice and a role in contributing to these goals.

Innovators Insights

14 April, 20:00 SGT/14:00 CET/8am ET

Innovability®: innovations That Better The World

Fabio Tentori
Head of Innovation Hubs at Enel

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In this session, we will discuss Enel’s combined approach to Innovation and Sustainability: Innovability®. Top tier Business Schools such as Harvard, Berkeley and INSEAD have studied the case of the Italian energy giant and how it uses an ecosystem of startups, NGOs and innovators to navigate the energy transition.

What is the connection between Sustainable Development Goals and open innovation? What are the opportunities that Enel’s Corporate Venture Client model offers to startups? What tools and solutions can be used to tackle topics such as climate change, resilient cities and inclusion?

Fabio Tentori has been Head of Enel Innovation Hubs for the Enel Group since 2017. He first joined the company in 2013, and went on to gain significant experience in the field of energy innovation, working first in various roles in the development of the residential energy services business and then as Innovation Manager in Italy. He also contributes to the teaching of several Master’s courses on innovation and management. In 2010 he received an MBA from the INSEAD Business School. He has a degree in management from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Milan, graduating in 2006. Prior to joining Enel, he spent six years working in Milan and London for McKinsey management consultants.

Trending Topic Talk

14 April, 21:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am ET

Business Models That Work in the Circular Economy

Kevin Shahbazi
Circular Economy Innovation Lead at Board of Innovation

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In this session, we will briefly introduce the circular economy (why now?) and our framework for understanding it in your business context. We'll dive into building better business models (how to compare circular businesses, as well as circular economy ecosystem & business design).

To close off, we'll give advice on how to define your circular economy strategy for more impact (scoping advice, and example KPIs).

Kevin Shahbazi is the circular economy innovation lead at the Board of Innovation, a global innovation strategy & business design agency.

Kevin is the former Circular Economy Design Lead at Philips Design (2014-2019) and a Schmidt-MacArthur Fellow at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (2014). He has a background in Industrial Design Engineering from TU Delft (Netherlands) and Nanotechnology Engineering from the University of Waterloo (Canada). He's passionate about using innovation strategy & business design as a way to align doing good and doing business, in order to scale impact through profitable ventures.

Innovators Insights

14 April, 16:00 CET/10am ET/7am PT

Product Management for Social Impact 101 – Lessons From Disrupting Hunger

Bernhard Kowatsch
Head at UN World Food Programme Innovation Accelerator

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Bernhard Kowatsch is the Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), which he started in 2015. The WFP Innovation Accelerator was named by Fast Company #2 Most Innovative Non-Profit Organisation 2021. In 2020, their innovation and startup portfolio positively impacted the lives of 3.7 million people.

This session will examine the key success factors in product management for startups and innovations for large scale social impact, based on scaling innovations in their current portfolio.

Bernhard Kowatsch the Head of the Innovation Accelerator at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). which he started in 2015. The WFP Innovation Accelerator was named by Fast Company as Best Workplace for Innovators and Innovative Team of the Year 2020 for its work in identifying, nurturing and scaling disruptive startups and innovations to end global hunger. In 2019, innovations supported by the Accelerator positively impacted the lives of 1.4 million people directly and many more indirectly across the globe. Most recently, the Accelerator also runs programmes for external partners such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in primary healthcare, Humanitarian Grand Challenge and others.

Prior to starting the Accelerator, Bernhard co-founded the award-winning ShareTheMeal fundraising app and built-up WFP’s Business Innovation team. Bernhard was previously a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies, and holds three Masters degrees from HEC Paris and Vienna University of Business.

Trending Topic Talk

14 April, 18:00 CET/12pm ET/7am PT

How to Grow Your Business with Purpose

Bobby Jones
Partner at Conspiracy of Love

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The age of conscious capitalism is here. The choice is clear—master the pivot to purpose, or cede future market share to your competition. In this thought provoking and inspiring talk, Bobby Jones illuminates the 9 essential strategies you need to make the quantum leap that will future-proof your business.

Bobby Jones is an award-winning marketer, best-selling author of Good is the New Cool: Market Like You Give A Damn, international speaker, and purpose-led entrepreneur whose mission is to show people and companies how to become forces for good.

Prior to starting the Accelerator, Bernhard co-founded the award-winning ShareTheMeal fundraising app and built-up WFP’s Business Innovation team. Bernhard was previously a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) for global tech and industrial goods companies, and holds three Masters degrees from HEC Paris and Vienna University of Business.

Innovators Insights

14 April, 19:00 CET/1pm ET/10am PT

Building the Teams for Solving Hard Problems

Valla Vakili
Managing Director, Head of Citi Ventures Studio at Citibank

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Across the private and public sector, firms and institutions are adopting bold transformation targets that place impact at the center of business and policy. How do we build the teams to deliver the innovative products, services, and business models needed for this new combination of profit and positive social outcomes? This session will share lessons learned from standing up innovation teams focused on “hard problems” – and how they apply to leaders looking to do the same.

Valla Vakili envisions and builds strategies, teams, and products that help businesses thrive within changing and challenging environments.
As Head of Studio at Citi Ventures, Valla works to foster economic vitality in an era of rapid societal change. His team leverages data, design, and partnerships in unique ways to create new and expanded growth opportunities for people, businesses, and cities. Previously, Valla helped create the D10X accelerator program as the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence, mentoring Citi teams in entrepreneurial principles to reimagine consumer financial services.

Valla began his career at Yahoo, creating revenue-driving products and teams that anticipated shifting online customer behavior. He is a former digital startup founder and CEO, an experience that gave him valuable insight into the peaks and valleys of entrepreneurship.

A graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Valla has conducted doctoral research at the University of Oxford and holds patents for inventions in interactive television content delivery and commerce. He also is a fan of fine whisky, great fiction, and good movies.

Thursday 15 April

Innovators Insights

15 April, 17:00 SGT/11:00 CET

Intrapreneurship - Innovative and Sustainable Business Ideas Invented by Employees

Marius Schlegel & Ralph Hartmeier
Corporate Responsibility at Swisscom / Co-founder at GETKICKBOX

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How will we live and work in the future? And how will this affect business areas and the environment?

In order to be able to guarantee corporate sustainability, companies are dependent on innovation. In particular, purpose-driven sustainability ideas can be innovated more easily with bottom-up innovation management. At the same time, thanks to intrapreneurship, a corresponding culture of innovation can be established within the company and the transformation of the employees can be driven.

Marius Schlegel has worked at Swisscom in Bern since 2012 and has been Deputy Head of Corporate Responsibility since 2015. He was previously involved in the topic of sustainability as a sustainability manager in the energy industry and in strategy consulting. Marius Schlegel holds a master's degree in geography with a focus on economic geography and environmental and agricultural economics. He lives in Zurich, is married and has two children.

Before joining Swisscom, Ralph worked for several companies abroad and in Switzerland and founded two startups. At Swisscom, he started off in the role of an 'Open Innovation Developer' building up the Kickbox program involving tasks such as coaching of intrapreneurs, internal marketing, and company building. After the program got known by other companies, Ralph is heading the Growth team at GETKICKBOX which enables other organizations to implement and scale their own kickbox program working towards an 'open innovation ecosystem'. Ralph holds a M.A. in Business Administration from the University of St. Gallen (HSG) and is lecturing at the university of applied science in Chur.

Innovators Insights

15 April, 18:00 SGT/12:00 CET

Food Ingredient Innovation - Combining Sustainability With On Trend Consumer Product Development

Kamesh Ellajosyula
Chief Innovation & Quality Officer Olam Food Ingredients

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This session will explore strategies of Agricultural Waste to Wealth – unlocking value for farm communities whilst building innovating new ingredients with what is traditionally viewed as Agricultural Waste; sustainability initiatives branded into fully trackable platforms that add deep understanding of planet friendly measures and value to customers and end consumers

Kamesh Ellajosyula is Chief Innovation & Quality Officer Olam Food Ingredients. Kamesh joined Olam in 2010 and has held various senior manufacturing, innovation and quality roles. In his current role he oversees a global network of Innovation centers and drives quality and food safety across 100+ food ingredient manufacturing plants. Kamesh last worked in technology roles in Frito Lay.

Prior assignments include leadership roles in food safety, quality, procurement, international R&D, new product development at Rich Products Corporation. Kamesh received a Master in Food Technology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master in Business Administration from the State University of New York.

Innovators Insights

15 April, 19:00 SGT/13:00 CET/7am ET

Innovation Ecosystems Enable to Tackle the Grand Challenges

Johanna Fräki
Innovation Ecosystems at Neste Corporation

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In the session Johanna will cover the necessity of working together in order to provide answers to climate crises and other grand challenges of our time. In addition to the outside-in approach, she will tackle the internal innovation capability of a traditional oil refinery, Neste, to reinvent itself as the 3rd most sustainable company in the world.

Collaboration for change is the name of the game! At Neste, Johanna Fräki enjoys working with customers, academia, cities, even competitors, in order to mitigate the climate crises. As responsible for establishing innovation ecosystems for renewable and recyclable solutions, she is convinced we can solve the great challenges of our time… together.

With a M.Sc. in Computer Science, an MBA, a long career in telecommunications, maritime and energy fields, and a stint at running her own disruptive e-commerce business, Johanna is well versed in the customer-driven innovation approach.

Johanna lives and breathes the oceans. When she’s not involved in innovations for a better life, Johanna can be found with her husband and three sons in the serene Finnish Archipelago, or on warmer, southern waters.

Innovators Insights

15 April, 20:00 SGT/14:00 CET/8am ET

The LED Lighting Revolution and it's Contribution to Tackling Climate Change

Harry Verhaar
Head of Global Public & Government Affairs at Signify

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It is only just over a decade ago that lighting was based on analog products - now called conventional lighting - with the energy guzzling incandescent light bulb still around in massive volumes. Today a complete transformation is far advanced to connected LED lighting that even aspires to become the backbone of the IoT, contributing to smart buildings and city infrastructure. On the same journey lighting has become a leading sector in tackling climate change, with Signify (formerly know as Philips Lighting) having accomplished carbon-neutrality in it's global operations in 2020. This talk will share our experiences, some anecdotes and lessons learned with the intent to learn from each other in our quest to sustainable economic recovery and global climate neutrality latest by 2050.

Harry Verhaar has over 20 years of experience in the lighting industry and is Head of Global Public & Government Affairs and Vice-President at Signify. He is responsible for the strategy, outreach and stakeholder management on energy & climate change, resource efficiency and sustainable development, with a key focus on the role of the LED lighting revolution. He is also the chairman of the Signify Foundation.

He has since the end of 2003 been the architect of the Signify strategy on energy and climate change, which has resulted in a global momentum on phasing out of old lighting technologies.

Trending Topic Talk

15 April, 21:00 SGT/15:00 CET/9am ET

The New Rules of Business: Creating Value in a Changing World

Judy Samuelson
Founder and Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and Vice President at the Aspen Institute

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The rules of business are changing dramatically. In this session, Judy Samuelson, vice president at the Aspen Institute, and founder and executive director of The Aspen Institute’s Business and Society Program, describes the profound shifts in attitudes and mindsets that are redefining our notions of what constitutes business success, and the systemic forces that are holding us back. Internet-powered transparency, more powerful worker voice, the decline in importance of capital, and the complexity of global supply chains in the face of planetary limits all define the new landscape.

Drawing from her recent book, The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World, and her unique vantage Samuelson will discuss how to engage business decision makers and identify the forces that are moving the needle in both boardrooms and business classrooms, and offer a powerful guide to how businesses are changing today--and what is needed to succeed in tomorrow's economic and social landscape.

Judy Samuelson is founder and executive director of the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program and a vice president at the Aspen Institute. She is the author of The Six New Rules of Business: Creating Real Value in a Changing World. Signature programs under Judy’s leadership include a ten-year campaign to disrupt Milton Friedman’s narrative about corporate purpose, a multiyear dialogue to produce the Aspen Principles of Long-Term Value Creation, and a partnership with Korn Ferry to rethink executive pay.

She previously worked in legislative affairs in California and banking in New York’s garment center and ran the Ford Foundation’s office of Program-Related Investments. Samuelson writes regularly for Quartz at Work, is a Bellagio Fellow and a director of Financial Health Network.

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15 April, 22:00 SGT/16:00 CET/10am ET

Why Collaborating With Startups and Scaleups Can be a Strong Bet for Corporate’s to Drive Change and Realize their Sustainability Goals

Patrick de Zeeuw & Kauan Von Novack
Co-Founder at Startupbootcamp Global / Managing Director at Startupbootcamp Amsterdam

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In this session Kauan von Novack (Managing Director Startupbootcamp) and Patrick de Zeeuw (Co founder and CEO Startupbootcamp) will discuss the major trends they see in the startup and scaleup world related to sustainability.

They also address how global corporations can leverage the technologies, business models and products these startups are developing based on the Corporate-Startup-Colllaboration Model (CSC) that Startupbootcamp has developed in the last 11 years. They will share relevant insights on the do's and don't on how corporates can collaborate with startups in order to accelerate their sustainability goals.

Patrick is serial entrepreneur and investor helping Startups, Scale-ups, Global Enterprises and Talent innovate and grow their business.

He is also a speaker about innovation, disruption, technology, entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, digital transformation, lean transformation.

Kauan Von Novack is Managing Director of Startupbootcamp Amsterdam, Europe’s largest business accelerator. Founder of more than 17+ startups himself, with 3 books published, he has been active all over the world coaching Corporates such as Unilever, Heineken and Coca-Cola how to innovate, think and act lean and how to disrupt within corporate constraints.
At Startupbootcamp, he is responsible for taking the way startups get accelerated & funded to the next level in order to maintain the speed and quality that characterizes Startupbootcamp as a leader in the market.

Innovators Insights

15 April, 17:00 CET/11am ET/8am PT

Using Social Innovation to drive Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Joan Bohan
Aspen First Movers Fellow | Social Intrapreneur & Innovator | Dyslexia Advocate | Finance Executive at Disney

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In 2015 Joan embarked on a social Intrapreneur project inspired by her son’s Dyslexia and her conviction which lead to an innovative product, inspiring content and community engagement. A triple play for the business by reaching underserved customers and fans, truly social innovation.

She’ll take us through her experience on how she achieved this: the approach, internal and market place engagement, as well as how she navigated this on top of her day job as Retail Finance Director at Disney. She’ll also explore the question of how this approach can be leveraged to drive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the company.

Originally from the Los Angeles area, Joan relocated to Paris, France where she embarked on a 25-year international career with Disney. A seasoned commercial finance executive, she has held leadership roles across a wide range of businesses – from Film Distribution & Acquisitions to Consumer Products & Retail – at both the Regional and Market level, working in Paris, London, Amsterdam & Brussels.

In 2016, inspired by her son, Joan launched “Dysnie” a social intrapreneur venture geared toward empowering Dyslexic children to unlock their potential through innovative & inclusive product, inspiring content and community engagement. An eye opener and total game changer, Joan is now taking the professional leap into social innovation. She is a currently Aspen First Movers Fellow.

Innovators Insights

15 April, 18:00 CET/12pm ET/9am PT

Sustainovation - Insights from Sensing, Seizing and Transforming Opportunities

Tino Klaehne
Head of Strategic Design at Lufthansa Innovation Hub

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The Lufthansa Innovation Hub shares its learnings on how to successfully scale "green" on a corporate agenda. It takes you on their +3 year journey from a passion project to a strategic focus area.

The session highlights sustainability's unique angle on Innovation Management, Innovation Portfolios, Innovation Metrics, and why corporate innovation labs are prone to become the "catalyzer" for strategic core topics like sustainability.

The Lufthansa Innovation Hub (LIH) – named „Germany’s Best Digital Lab“ – is the digital transformation spearhead of the world’s largest aviation corporation Lufthansa Group based in Berlin and Singapore.The LIH discovers, evaluates and implements new business in the context of Travel & Mobility Tech.

Tino Klaehne is a Strategic Innovator with +10 years of experience on the interface of innovation, strategy, and design. At the Lufthansa Innovation Hub, he leads the Strategic Design practice - its conceptual nucleus and methodical backbone.

Innovators Insights

15 April, 19:00 CET/1pm ET/10am PT

Integrating Sustainability into Product Innovation

Nicola Peill-Moelter
Director of Sustainability Innovation at VMware

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As VMware looks to the future, they see sustainability as a new frontier of innovation, which is why they have arranged their business to have the sustainability team report to the CTO. The team is developing a framework and practice of intrinsic sustainability innovation that designs carbon efficiency into their products and services, helping to reduce the environmental impacts of VMware’s customers’ digital operations.

Nicola Peill-Moelter, Director of Sustainability Innovation, will discuss the evolution of their process and illustrate how sustainability and innovation teams are collaborating together to expand VMware’s reach beyond its walls for truly global-scale impact.

Nicola is the Director of Sustainability Innovation at VMware in the Office of the CTO. She collaborates with product and R&D teams to improve product and operational efficiency helping customers and VMware advance sustainability goals. She also identifies emerging verticals that address major environmental challenges where VMware is strategically positioned to help accelerate solutions. Her role is the culmination of a 25-year career in high-tech and academic training in engineering and environmental science that has evolved her belief that we can make the fastest progress addressing the world’s most urgent sustainability issues when sustainability and business value are aligned.Two early projects include a demand flexibility demonstration on VMware’s campus solar-powered microgrid that explores the emerging Smart Grid sector and mechanisms to identify stranded and unused compute capacity.

Innovators Insights

15 April, 20:00 CET/2pm ET/11am PT

Bringing Circular Innovation to Life – From Internal Startup to Scaling up in Normal Business Lines

Esther Kersten
Global Sustainability Officer at Vanderlande

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This session takes you on board of a circular innovation journey – going through all stages from corporate start-up to scaling up in the regular business lines.

It all started in the summer of 2017; one room, 2 colleagues, the lean start-up book and lots of post-its. At the end of the summer the business proposal for the board of directors was ready. After the approval we started to build the team and after 2 months we were sitting into a new office with 10+ team members. It was all about validation of the problem and desirability of the solution. Not an easy task as we were combining a technical innovation with a business model innovation. While kick starting technical feasibility and development of the technical version 1. It turned out to be a bumpy journey, but one of the best experiences in my career. Today the innovation is being part of the regular portfolio of solutions, with around 50 people working on its further development.

Esther Kersten is Global Sustainability Officer at Vanderlande and loves her job day after day. Her passion is to show that sustainability makes good business sense and goes hand in hand with innovation. Working at Vanderlande since early 2012 and jumped into various innovation adventures. She likes the early phase of innovation, starting with a blank sheet, imagination, lots of customer validation and uncertain bumpy roads. Involving people from all levels and disciplines. A true intrapreneur. Today she is empowering her colleagues to make the world a bit more beautiful.

Her sustainability & innovation roots date back to 2006, when she started at DSM. Afterwards she worked for various companies and organisations in the field of sustainable innovation. She learned that businesses have the power to deliver tremendous progress, and a unique ability to make this world a better place. Strongly connected is her belief in the intelligence of mother nature. She is mother of Mike (7) and Kate (6) and loves to travel the world.

Your Moderators

Adela Villanueva
Founder & CEO/CVO - ALKELIOTrilingual professional with 15+ years of experience transforming, accelerating, growing and scaling F500 organizations, startups, people and businesses around the Globe

Alan Cucknell
Head of Strategic Innovation, Technology & Design at Ignite ExponentialAlan believes innovation can change the world for the better and brings to this challenge a track record of breakthrough innovation for leading brands over more than two decades.

Celia Geering
Growth at GETKICKBOXAs part of the growth team at GETKICKBOX I get our peers to the base of innovation and help them foster internal transformation, so that their products and services are prepared for the next decades and they can be sure to have the best prepared workforce on hand to overcome the challenges of the future.

Gayathri Gopal
Innovation Consultant at Board of InnovationGayathri Gopal is an innovation consultant with the Board of Innovation, who is focused on helping companies and teams develop new businesses, growth strategies and buld innovation capabilities.

Ken Tencer
CEO at Spyder WorksKen Tencer, ICD.D Ken is recognized internationally as a business and innovation thought leader who helps organizations, investors and business families to bring their ideas to market faster and continuously.

Kirsten Grønborg
Owner at oktopusI’m the catalyst who converts strategies into actionable initiatives. I have 20+ years of experience with business development and service design within small and large B-2-B organizations.

Maggie De Pree
Co-Founder at The League of IntrapreneursI believe that we can unlock human agency even amongst our most scaled and systematized organizations. That we can re-design our institutions to be more human, caring, collaborative spaces where real problems get solved!

Nadia Sandi
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship StrategistSenior leader in the social innovation space with 20 years of cross-sectoral experience.

Samantha Yarwood
Chief Innovation and Inspiration officer at INRV8My purpose in life is to inspire creativity to reimagine the possible and create a culture of goodness.

Sherry Rahmatian
Managing Director at SYLVAIN, a strategy and design consultancy that provokes progress for companies, people, and society at large.Based in Amsterdam, though a California native, Sherry leads SYLVAIN’s business growth across Europe with key clients including Nike, Uber, WhatsApp, and Spotify.

Shervin Fekri
Global Social Impact Lead at Board of InnovationEnabling Fortune 500 corporates, startups and NGOs to build their innovation capability.

Skadi Möbius
Co-Founder, Sustainability Strategist at Move to ImpactI inspire, empower and support people in transformations.

Thorsten Lambertus
Co-Founder & Managing Director at Hightech VenturesThorsten is a deep tech venture building and tech transfer specialist as well as a co-initiator of IxSA (Innovation x Sustainability Alliance)

Wim Vandenhouweele
Independent Coach for Corporate Innovation Leaders, Especially in Pharma/healthcareWim worked for 35 years in Big Pharma, with Merck (called MSD outside the US), of which 5 years as global innovation leader. He leads a network of over 50 local and regional innovation leaders.

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16 April, 16:00 CET/11am ET/8am PT

Wrap Up Circle: Preparing for Implementation

30 April 2021, 16:00 CET/10am ET/7am PT

Check-In Circle: Implementation Progress


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