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FT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2019

Adapting and Thriving in a Fragmented World

London |  - 
Speakers include:
Charles  Woodburn

Charles Woodburn

BAE Systems

Rachel  Reeves MP

Rachel Reeves MP

UK Parliament

Pierre-André  de Chalendar

Pierre-André de Chalendar



We brought together over 200 of the most influential players in the manufacturing industry at FT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2019 for two days of incredible insights and unmissable networking. 

The 2020 Summit will be our seventh year, and it is set to be our biggest and best yet. Visit the 2020 website to find out more.

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Agenda - 8th Oct

  • 1:30pm
    Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 1:35pm
    Keynote Address and Interview - The Future Starts Today

    In the midst of global uncertainty, manufacturing companies are faced with the challenge of taking advantage of today’s exponential technology growth while overcoming an increasing need for productivity. Jan Mrosik gives insights on how companies have succeeded through digital transformation at scale. By implementing individual software and automation components, connecting machines to the Internet of Things all the way to becoming a fully digital enterprise, they have boosted productivity, reduced time to market or increased engineering efficiency. This session further illustrates how manufacturers can equip for the consumer-centric and demand-driven future through new technologies. And while technologies are a prerequisite, it is the people who make this transformation successful.

    Jan Mrosik, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Siemens Digital Industries

    Moderated by

    Joe Miller, Frankfurt Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 2:00pm
    The Big Picture Opening Panel - Making things in a Fragmented World

    The last couple of years have been turbulent for manufacturing. Shifting geo-political dynamics and a move to protectionism, trade wars, fluctuations in exchange rates and the prospect of Brexit are profoundly disrupting global supply chains and manufacturing strategies. What are the new challenges and opportunities for manufacturers in the current unstable environment? How can they best adapt and thrive?

    Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW, European Commission

    Douglas Dawson, CEO, Liberty Industries Group

    Hitoshi Kaguchi, SeniorVice President, Co-CSO (Chief Strategy Officer) & Head of Marketing & Innovation Headquarters, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)

    Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee, UK Parliament

    Moderated by

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:50pm
    Focus on Start-Ups and SMEs - Conversations and Case-Studies Series

    a) Start-ups and SMEs as seeds of innovation

    b) Start-ups and SMEs as source of talent

    c) Start-ups and SMEs and sustainable solutions

    These short conversations/case-studies will be followed by a discussion on how start-ups and SMEs are navigating current landscape and planning for the future.


    Mostafa Elsayed, Co-Founder, Automata

    Tony Martyn, Chief Technology Officer, Dearman

    Graeme Purdy, CEO, Ilika

    Moderated by

    Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times

  • 3:40pm
    Networking Break
  • 4:00pm
    Panel Discussion: Human-Centric Workforce

    Building a strong, skilled workforce is a key priority for the manufacturing sector. As manufacturers grapple with attracting tech-savvy talent, addressing gender imbalance, dealing with an aging workforce and training for roles that do not yet exist, how can recruitment, corporate structures and culture be adapted?  How can we ensure education and evergreen learning for the changing manufacturing workforce? What role should government and other stakeholders play in this transition?

    Mandeep Dhatt, Executive Director of HR, McLaren Automotive

    Attilio Di Battista, Project Lead, Centre for the New Economy and Society, World Economic Forum

    Allison Grealis, President, Women in Manufacturing (WiM)

    Hayaatun Sillem, Chief Executive, Royal Academy of Engineering


    Moderated by

    Joe Miller, Frankfurt Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    On-stage Interview and Brainstorming Session - Localnomics: How Far Can It Go?

    Bayard Winthrop, Founder and CEO, American Giant


    Moderated by

    Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times


  • 5:25pm
    Chair’s Remarks and Highlights for Tomorrow

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 5:30pm
    Networking Drinks

Agenda - 9th Oct

  • 9:00am
    Chair’s Remarks

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 9:05am
    Keynote Address and Interview

    Charles Woodburn, Group Chief Executive Officer, BAE Systems

    Moderated by

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times


  • 9:25am
    Panel Discussion: Transitioning to a post-Brexit Britain

    As the reality of Brexit sinks in, British manufacturers are managing uncertainty in the yet to be determined future relationship with the EU. As they prepare for potential disruption and increased administrative burden, senior business leaders will share their insights on manufacturing in a post-Brexit world. The discussion will be centred on trade with the EU and rest of the world, customs and logistics issues and recruitment challenges in a post “free movement of people” environment. Focus will also be place on government initiatives needed to drive investment to the United Kingdom.

    Andrew Churchill, Executive Chairman, JJ Churchill

    Tom Crotty, Group Director, INEOS and Chair, CBI Manufacturing Council

    Anand Menon, Director, The UK in a Changing Europe

    Mandy Ridyard, Financial Director, Produmax

    Martin Walder, Vice President Industry UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric


    Moderated by

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 10:15am
    Special Presentation - Will Digital be the Rebirth or Death Knell of UK Manufacturing?

    The UK, cradle of the first industrial revolution, has lost ground in the second and widely missed the third industrial revolution based on IT. Is Artificial Intelligence a game changer where the UK can take a lead? Does manufacturing in Europe and UK need a rebrand?  How do we communicate the exciting changes that emanate from digitalisation, and how do we ensure digital inclusion, so that all of society benefits? Peter Oswald lays out his roadmap for Manufacturing 4.0, where digitalisation is the servant, not the master of decision making, and sustainability and inclusion lie at the heart of future growth.

    Peter Oswald, Chief Executive Officer, Mondi Group              

    Moderated by

    Rana Foroohar, Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor, Financial Times



  • 10:35am
    Networking Break
  • 10:55am
    Sustainability Focus

    Panel Discussion: Accelerating Circular Economy and Sustainability Practices - Doing Well by Doing Good

    Doing business based on good sustainability practices is increasingly becoming essential in the eyes of investors, customers and the community as a whole. Manufacturers are beginning to opt for circular business models and to rethink the relationship between materials, product design and production. What are leading companies doing? How are technologies such as IoT, big data, blockchain and additive manufacturing being explored to drive more sustainable manufacturing? What are the new business models (especially post-sale / consumption phase) emerging? What is the impact of this new drive on the life extension of manufactured products? How are we moving to effective implementation of technology and sustainable initiatives to decarbonise manufacturing?

    Tim Brooks, Vice President Environmental Sustainability, Lego

    Douglas Johnson-Poensgen, Co-founder and CEO, Circulor

    Torsten Kallweit, Head of EHS and Sustainability, Bosch

    Jose La Loggia, Vice President and General Manager, Trane Europe, Middle East and Africa, Ingersoll-Rand

    Frank Niendorf, General Manager Europe, JinkoSolar

    Moderated by

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 11:50am
    Focus on Green and Supply Chain Financing for Manufacturing

    Manufacturers are adapting and investing in their business models to become ever more sustainable, which is critical for investors, stakeholders and ever more so consumers, but at the same time critical for competitiveness and productivity.   At the same time supply chains are becoming ever more complex which can mean capital, that could be used elsewhere, being tied up.  Both the investment required for sustainability and supply chain needs funding. Whilst Green bonds dominate the headlines, the sustainability and supply chain agendas are much broader with the development of an increasing range of green products, as well as supply chain financing solutions, to support transition to a lower carbon economy and meet growing demands of industry, stakeholders and regulators. What are the financing tools and mechanisms available to manufacturers to support the investment and drive the transition?  This session will walk through some of the areas of focus and how businesses can access funding to support a green and sustainable agenda. 

    Chris Loring, Managing Director, Head of Lending Products, Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking Group.

    Moderated by

    Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times



  • 12:10pm
    Panel Discussion: Connected, Sustainable and Consumer-driven Supply Chains

    In today’s demand driven supply chain, real-time insight of critical events and movement of goods is critical for manufacturers not only to achieve efficiency gains but also to open up new business models and revenue streams. What technological, organisational and skill capabilities are needed to drive transformation to the smart supply chain? As the supply chain becomes a visible ecosystem to all the players involved – suppliers, transporters and customers – where are the opportunities and challenges in optimising responsiveness, reliability, sustainability and customer satisfaction? What are the capabilities brought by blockchain? What new issues related to trust, liability and traceability arise in these partner-centric networks? What are the latest collaborative models supporting supply chain transformation?

    Mary Blenn, Senior Executive Global Supply Chain, GE Healthcare Life Sciences

    Robert Metzke, Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy, Head of Sustainability,Royal Philips

    Guy Norris, Operations and Supply Chain Expert, PA Consulting

    Jagjit Singh Srai, Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, IfM (Institute for Manufacturing) Cambridge University

    Moderated by

    Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times

  • 1:00pm
    Networking Lunch
  • 2:00pm
    Keynote Interview - Future of Manufacturing: So Much More than Digitalisation of Production!

    Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Saint-Gobain 

    Interviewed by

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 2:25pm
    Special Presentation - Unlocking a Competitive Advantage

    Manufacturing is facing several key market drivers converging simultaneously, creating a scenario for unparalleled disruption. Leaders today are navigating an emergence of new manufacturing processes, based on innovative technologies, materials, and data-driven insights… all which require new skill sets which are in short supply.  Additionally, market demand is in flux as it reflects the rapidly changing expectations of consumers and regulators alike; as well as shifting trade policies and tariffs. During this session, we will discuss how leading customers within automotive and industrial machinery are embracing disruption to secure a competitive advantage with innovation, higher profit margins, and lower environmental impact.  We will also share insights on how manufactures can rapidly explore the design space and radically change the way products are design and made, capturing noteworthy efficiencies possible for the first time.

    Seth Hindman, Senior Manager, Product Strategy and Management, Manufacturing, Cloud & Production, Autodesk


    Moderated by

    Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times



  • 2:45pm
    On-Stage Interview - The Manufacturing Industry Today and The Road to Net Zero

    Taking ownership of energy – Jorge Pikunic discusses how leading manufacturers are seeing energy less as a cost and more as a business asset. 

    Jorge Pikunic, Managing Director, Centrica Business Solutions

    Interviewed by

    Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times


  • 3:05pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:25pm
    Spotlight on the Automotive Sector - Manufacturing and the Future of Mobility

    From autonomous driving to next generation architectures and mobility on-demand, the connected car is redefining the future of mobility. What does the conversion from manufacturers to mobility providers, shared platforms and collaborative models mean for manufacturers?

    Chris Borroni-Bird, Founder, Afreecar 

    Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes, CEO, Latent Logic

    Aldo Sorniotti, Professor in Advanced Vehicle Engineering, University of Surrey


    Moderated by

    Daniel Thomas, Executive News Editor, Financial Times

  • 4:10pm
    Closing Discussion: Applying Transformational Tech for Intelligent Operations - Which Technology, Where to Deploy and to What End?

    Technology is having a profound impact on the way factories operate today, helping manufacturers find new business models, fine-tune product quality, and optimise manufacturing processes. As manufacturers experiment with IIoT, AI, advanced automation and blockchain they are often faced with the question of which technology to use, for which purpose and how to effectively integrate different technologies to capture value. Where are the technologies’ breakthroughs, best practices and success stories? Can sustainability be the filter to choose one technology over another? How to get implementation right and bridge the gap between pilots and company-wide rollouts?

    Duncan Berry, CEO, LM Wind Power

    Amit Nastik, Global Head of Operations, Novartis Technical Operations (NTO)

    Rossi Setchi, Professor in High-Value Manufacturing, Director of Research Centre in AI, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems, Cardiff University

    Ian Strath, Portfolio Development Director, Siemens

    Moderated by

    Michael Pooler, Industry Reporter, Financial Times

  • 4:55pm
    Chair's Closing Remarks

    Peggy Hollinger, Industry Editor, Financial Times


Speakers (39)

Charles  Woodburn

Charles Woodburn

Group Chief Executive Officer
BAE Systems

Charles is Group Chief Executive Officer of BAE Systems plc. He joined BAE Systems in May 2016 as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Director on the BAE Systems plc Board of Directors, Director on the BAE Systems, Inc. Board of Directors and became Group Chief Executive Officer on 1st July 2017.
Previously, Charles held a number of senior management positions in the oil and gas industry including Chief Executive Officer of Expro Group, an oilfield services business. During a 15-year career with Schlumberger, Charles worked in the Far East, Australia, France and the United States.
Charles holds a First Class Honours Degree in Electrical Sciences and a PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University. He also holds an MBA from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Rachel  Reeves MP

Rachel Reeves MP

Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
UK Parliament

Rachel Reeves was elected Member of Parliament for Leeds West in May 2010. Previously, she was an economist at the Bank of England, the British Embassy in Washington DC and latterly at Halifax Bank of Scotland. Between 2010-2015, Ms Reeves served on the opposition frontbench as Shadow Pensions Minister, Shadow ChiefSecretary to the Treasury and Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Following the 2015 general election, she joined the Treasury Select Committee, and in July 2017 was elected Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee.

Pierre-André  de Chalendar

Pierre-André de Chalendar

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer



Pierre-André de Chalendar joined Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in 1989. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2007 and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2010.

Mr de Chalendar is also a director of BNP Paribas. He is Vice-President of Entreprises pour l’Environnement, which he chaired from 2012 to 2015. Pierre-André de Chalendar has been appointed since July 2017 as co-president of La Fabrique de l'industrie and Chairman of ESSEC's Supervisory Board since February 2019.

Pierre-André de Chalendar is a graduate of ESSEC Business School and École Nationale d'Administration.

Jan  Mrosik

Jan Mrosik

Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Siemens Digital Industries

Dr. Jan Mrosik is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Siemens Digital Industries.
Jan Mrosik, who holds a doctorate in electrical and industrial engineering, has served Siemens in a variety of capacities over the last 20 years.
He began his Siemens career at Information and Communication Networks (ICN) in 1996. In 1998, he took over the responsibility for the Siemens Communications business with Vodafone D2. In 2002, Mrosik transferred to Siemens Telecommunications Pty (Ltd) in South Africa, where he was responsible for the communications business of Siemens in Southern Africa. Between 2007 and 2016, he held various management roles within the company’s energy department, including being CEO of Energy Automation, Smart Grid and Power Transmission, and the Energy Management Division. Prior to his current position, Jan Mrosik was CEO of the Digital Factory Division.
In addition to his role as COO of Digital Industries at Siemens, Jan Mrosik is a member of the board of the Automation Association of the ZVEI (Central Association of the Electrical and Electronics Industry) and a member of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) Market Strategy Board.

Rossi Setchi

Rossi Setchi

Professor in High-Value Manufacturing, Director of Research Centre in AI, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems
Cardiff University

Rossi Setchi is Professor in High-Value Manufacturing, Deputy Head of School and Director of Research of the School of Engineering at Cardiff University. She also leads the Research Centre in AI, Robotics and Human-Machine Systems at Cardiff. She has a distinguished track record of research in a range of areas including AI, robotics, systems engineering, manufacturing, industrial sustainability, Cyber-Physical Systems and Industry 4.0, and, in particular, has built an international reputation for excellence in knowledge-based systems, computational semantics and human-machine systems.


Over a period of 20 years, Professor Setchi has published over 220 peer-reviewed, high-quality publications and has been able to secure, with colleagues, external grant support totalling more than £25 million. She has collaborated with many UK and overseas universities, research organisations and industrial companies from more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia and Australia, and has provided research leadership on over 30 collaborative projects funded by UK and overseas funding bodies. 

Professor Setchi has contributed invited keynotes at many prestigious international conferences and delivered invited lectures at world-class universities in China, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Spain, UK and the USA. Rossi is Associated Editor of three international journals and member of several IEEE and IFIP international technical committees.

Peter  Oswald

Peter Oswald

Mondi Group

Peter has significant manufacturing industry experience, having worked in the packaging and paper sector for more than 27 years. In 2013 Peter was voted European CEO and Global CEO of the paper industry by RISI.  

Peter began his career with Deutsche Bank and automotive company KTM. He joined the Mondi Group in 1992 as Head of Internal Audit of subsidiary Frantschach. After serving as CEO of the bag and flexibles business from 1995 to 2001, he was appointed CEO of Mondi Packaging Europe in 2002, leading its subsequent integration into the new Mondi packaging division in 2004. Having held a number of senior executive roles within Mondi, Peter was appointed CEO of the Europe & International Division in January 2008. Peter took over as CEO of the Mondi Group in May 2017.

He was a member of the supervisory board of Telekom Austria AG between 2008 and 2014, and of MIBA AG between 2014 and 2015, as well as Chair of the supervisory board of OMV from 2015 to 2016. From 2016 to 2017 Peter chaired the European paper association CEPI. 

Peter graduated in law from the University of Vienna with honours, and in business administration from WU-Vienna Business School.

Hitoshi Kaguchi

Hitoshi Kaguchi

Senior Vice President, Co-CSO (Chief Strategy Officer) & Head of Marketing & Innovation Headquarters
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI)


Dr Hitoshi Kaguchi is Senior Vice President, Co-CSO (Chief Strategy Officer) & Head of Marketing & Innovation Headquarters at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI). He previously served as the General Manager for Overseas projects in the Nuclear Energy Systems Division and has been working in nuclear plant design for 33 years.


Dr Kaguchi served as Director of the Nuclear Plant Component Designing Department from 2008 to 2012, in which he was active in the designing of all major components and equipment for PWR and Rokkasho reprocessing plants (RRP).  In 2012, he was dispatched as project director for a replacement steam generator project to Mitsubishi Nuclear Systems, Inc. in the United States.


Prior to his director post, he was the section manager and deputy department manager in charge of reactor vessel, main coolant piping, and steam generator design (2002 - 2008).


Dr Kaguchi joined MHI in 1984, and worked as a reactor vessel designer in the advanced nuclear plant designing unit developing the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor (FBR) for 17 years. 


He has also worked on vacuum vessel design for fusion reactors in Japan with an emphasis in structural analysis and integrity assessment of nuclear components.


Dr Kaguchi earned a Bachelor’s degree (1982) and Master’s degree (1984) in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Tokyo in Japan. From 1991 to 1994, he attended the University of London’s Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Mechanical Engineering.

Mandy Ridyard

Mandy Ridyard

Financial Director

Mandy Ridyard is the owner of Produmax, a manufacturer of flight control components and assemblies for the global aerospace market.
In 3 years Produmax has transformed as part of the aerospace sector programme of “Sharing in Growth” and significant growth in turnover and productivity has been achieved. Mandy has driven a creative approach to employee engagement and continuous investment in both automation and digitalisation.
Now fulfilling the role of Financial Director at Produmax, she has previously held senior positions at Mars & Rank Hovis McDougall following an introduction to manufacturing through the graduate programme of MetalBox.
Knowledge transfer through sharing best practice, driving culture change through employee engagement and championing manufacturing, are her passions

Bayard  Winthrop

Bayard Winthrop

Founder and CEO
American Giant

Bayard Winthrop founded American Giant after spending nearly 20 years running businesses in the consumer products space. He began his career in corporate finance at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, but left investment banking for a career as a business leader and innovator. He has held key leadership positions at a variety of brands, including Atlas Snow-Shoe (sold to K2 Sports), WebChat Broadcasting System (sold to Disney), Freebord Manufacturing (privately held), and Chrome Industries (privately held). In addition to co-authoring I F**king Love That Company (with Randy Komisar of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers), Bayard has shared his story with everyone from the likes of global leaders at Google Zeitgeist to leading a panel in front of the U.S. Senate about the state of U.S. manufacturing. 

Duncan  Berry

Duncan Berry

LM Wind Power

Duncan Berry joined LM Wind Power after the acquisition by GE Renewable Energy. He joined Renewable Energy in 2016 to help define the business strategy for GE’s offshore wind business, which ultimately resulted in the launch of the Haliade-X, and then immediately moved over to the LM Wind Power deal once it was announced in 2017. He has over 20 years of operational, commercial and general management experience with GE in several European countries, the US and most recently in Australia where he was CEO of GE Capital. Prior to joining RE, Duncan was CEO of GE Capital Australia & New Zealand. He was previously Operations Leader for GE Capital Americas, a $100BN mid-market lender, responsible for all operations activities across twelve business units in the US, Canada & Mexico. This followed a successful period as CEO of GE Money Home Lending, a leading specialist lender in the UK with assets of $15 BN. Duncan has a degree in history from Oxford University, an MBA from INSEAD and is a UK Chartered Accountant.

Torsten Kallweit

Torsten Kallweit

Head of EHS and Sustainability
Bosch Group

Torsten Kallweit started his career at the strategic consulting division of Accenture. In 2003 he changed to British Telecommunication, BT Group, working on the development of consulting business in Germany and Eastern Europe. Next to questions of digitalization he has been engaged in the simulation and development of investment and maintenance strategies for electricity, gas and water grids. In 2008 he moved to the machine and plant manufacturer Voith for the development and implementation of economic and ecologic concepts in manufacturing and product life cycle. In 2011 he became Corporate Head of HSE and Sustainability department of Voith Group. Since 2017 Torsten Kallweit is the Head of Corporate Office Health, Safety, Environmental and Fire Protection as well as Sustainability of the Bosch Group. Mr Kallweit has completed postgraduate studies of Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Berlin

Hayaatun   Sillem

Hayaatun Sillem

Chief Executive
Royal Academy of Engineering

Dr Hayaatun Sillem is the Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, which brings together the UK’s leading engineers and technologists for a shared purpose: to promote engineering excellence for the benefit of society.

Prior to her appointment as Chief Executive, she held the post of Deputy CEO at the Academy. She previously served as Committee Specialist and later Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee.

Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering, innovation and diversity & inclusion activities. She is a trustee of the London Transport Museum and EngineeringUK; serves as a member of the Made Smarter Commission and chairs its Expert Stakeholder Panel; chairs the judging panel for the St Andrews Prize for the Environment; and is a member of advisory groups for Lloyd’s Register Foundation, accelerateHER and the BCS. She was named as one of the ‘Inspiring Fifty’ women in tech in 2018.

Hayaatun has a Masters in Biochemistry (MBiochem) from the University of Oxford and a PhD in signal transduction from Cancer Research UK/University College London. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an Honorary Professor at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy.

Tim  Brooks

Tim Brooks

Vice President, Environmental Sustainability

Tim is the Vice President for Environmental Responsibility at LEGO. Based in Billund, Denmark he leads a global team responsible for the company's global sustainability strategy, performance, and the impact of its products.

Tim established and co-leads the new LEGO Sustainable Materials Centre which is a $150m project to find and implement sustainable raw materials by 2030, most recently seen in the launch of ‘Plants from Plants’ the new bio-based LEGO bricks.

He is also responsible for driving projects addressing renewable energy and sustainability impact in the value chain. The most recent is commitment to solar power across LEGO factories and working with KIRKBI who have invested over $800m in offshore wind farms in the UK and Germany in order to meet the LEGO Group target of 100% renewable energy by 2020.

Prior to joining LEGO Tim worked for Tesco, and led environmental R&D within its property division developing new environmental technologies, processes and systems.

He has nearly 20 years’ experience in sustainability, focusing on corporate sustainability strategy with particular knowledge of renewable energy technologies, sustainable buildings, and product manufacturing.

He started his career with the Building Research Establishment and has worked for international engineering consultancies, FTSE 100 companies, the Carbon Trust, and as an environmental policy advisor to the Mayor of London.

Mandeep Dhatt

Mandeep Dhatt

Executive Director of HR
McLaren Automotive

Mandeep Dhatt, Executive Director of HR, joined McLaren Automotive in 2013, three years after the company was founded. It is now the largest part of the McLaren Group employing over 2,300 people.  

Mandeep graduated from Kingston University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Studies which included a placement year undertaken in a HR role.

She subsequently went on to obtain her HR qualification and her Masters in Human Resource Management while working first at the publishing house HarperCollins and then Bristol Myers Briggs.  

She then moved to Mouchel where, in her role as HR Business Partner, she took on a national role working with a variety of clients.

In 2013 she joined McLaren Automotive, initially partnering the product development team and then broadening her role into Head of HR taking on responsibility for all people matters.  

She was promoted to her current Executive Director of HR in 2016. 

Frank Niendorf

Frank Niendorf

General Manager Europe
Jinko Solar

Frank Niendorf studied International Business Administration in Germany, Argentina and USA and graduated from the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel in 1999.

From 1999 to 2003 he has been working as a Management Consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers Consulting.  After that he has been employed as the Senior Manager Strategic Planning at Schott AG. In 2005 Mr Niendorf joined the Conergy AG, where he made his way up from the Manager International Business Development to the Head of Strategic Planning & Monitoring and finally became the Director Asia Pacific. From 2008 to 2010 Mr Niendorf was the Director International Market & Project Development at Solar Millennium AG. After being the Managing Director of BP Solar 2010-2011 and of LDK Solar Tech Europe GmbH 2011-2012, he joined Jinko Solar Co., Ltd. as the General Manager Europe.

Mary  Blenn

Mary Blenn

Senior Executive Global Supply Chain,
GE Healthcare Life Sciences

Mary Blenn is an accomplished Global Supply Chain leader with over 25 years of experience driving manufacturing, logistics and materials management on a global level within GE. At the foundation of all of her work is the spirit of collaborative culture - both within her teams and across peer groups – to keep the customer front of mind and to improve continually. Mary believes that sustainable and scalable growth happens best through these critical relationships. During her career this has paid dividends in the form of increasing responsibilities, landing her in the current role in 2017. As senior executive, Global Supply Chain, Mary has direct oversight and responsibility for 11 global manufacturing sites, a global logistics network, as well as several Centers of Excellence that keep the business on track in its processes and costs. On her way to this role, Mary has held several supply chain roles in such businesses as GE Power, GE Superabrasives, and GE Lighting. In 2003, Mary moved to GE Healthcare where she held multiple plant leadership roles within the Healthcare Systems business. During this time, Mary led integrations and divestitures, green field expansions, as well as direct quality compliance experience dealing with multiple FDA regulatory audits. Mary joined GE Healthcare Life Sciences in 2014, as the Operational Excellence Leader for the BioPharma business. She played a critical role in implementing initiatives such as Brilliant Factory. In late 2014, her role quickly expanded to include operational site management and oversight for plants in Westborough, Massachusetts and Issaquah, Washington. Mary is an active leader in the GE Women’s Network and enjoys fostering the next generation of leaders. For her support in mentoring as well as in people development, she has been recognized with the GE Healthcare President’s Award for People. Mary earned her degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.

Graeme Purdy

Graeme Purdy


Graeme is a pioneer in solid-state batteries. He was appointed to head-up Ilika from the beginning of May 2004, just before completion of the company's seed round of funding. He led the company through two successful rounds of venture funding before floating the company on AIM in 2010. Prior to joining Ilika, Graeme was Chief Operating Officer of a high-technology company in the Netherlands and before that worked internationally in a variety of technical and commercial roles for Shell. Graeme holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD business school in France. Graeme is a Chartered Engineer and a Sainsbury Management Fellow.

Martin  Walder

Martin Walder

Vice President Industry UK & Ireland
Schneider Electric

Martin has been a prominent member of the Automation community for over 30 years driving the adoption of the latest robotics & autonomous systems, control and information solutions into manufacturing and process control markets through both commercial and trade association roles. He is currently responsible for Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure automation offer for Smart Machines and Factories and for the complete Schneider offer, electrical power, building management, IT and automation solutions into the Automotive, Food and Beverage, Lifesciences and Mining, Minerals & Metals segments.


Martin has also been chair of EAMA (Engineering and Machine Alliance) for over 10 years an association that furthers the collective interested of some 14 focused associations for the growth of engineering and manufacturing in the UK. Before Schneider Electric Martin has gained a broad experience in discrete and process control at Honeywell, Rockwell Automation and as MD of ABB Robotics.

Chris  Borroni-Bird

Chris Borroni-Bird


Dr Christopher Borroni-Bird is Founder of Afreecar LLC and an expert on sustainable and affordable mobility for ALL the world’s people. This builds on his 25 year career leading advanced mobil- ity initiatives at several major organizations as well as volunteer work in sub-Saharan Africa. At Afreecar he is developing a solar machine that provides power and transport to peo- ple in off-grid rural areas, while also consulting on future mobility in the developed world. He has recently served as Waymo’s Chief Engineer for Future Vehicle Programs and as a Research Scientist at MIT Media Lab. From 2012 to 2017, he was Qualcomm’s VP of Strategic Development, responsible for wireless automotive solutions (e.g. wireless EV charging and V2X communications).

Douglas Dawson

Douglas Dawson

Liberty Industries Group

Douglas Dawson is a prominent British business leader with a 30-year track record of achievement and success within the UK and international engineering, manufacturing and industrial sectors. Currently Chief Executive of Liberty Industries Group, he is also a member of the Strategic Board of the $20bn a year Gupta Family Alliance, a fast-growing global enterprise which includes the Liberty House and SIMEC groups; encompassing industrial, energy, shipping and commodities activities across 30 countries. A native of Glasgow, Mr Dawson, who graduated in mechanical engineering from Glasgow Caledonian University in 1982, began his career as Naval Engineering Officer reaching the rank of Chief Engineer, Class 1 at the young age of 26 before moving on to take up senior management roles with BTR Industries, a diversified UK based global industrial conglomerate. Since then he has distinguished himself in a number of high-profile international roles. These included working with a large US investment bank specialising in industrial investments and being involved with SPX Corporation as MD for Europe & Asia, leading a major expansion of the US-owned capital equipment manufacturer across these territories. He subsequently founded Flow System Technologies which designed, manufactured and distributed highly-engineered capital equipment and delivered associated engineering services for the marine, automotive, power generation and other industries. He grew this into a $60m a year business with operations in the USA and Canada. Later as co-owner of the Invicta Partnership, he built a strong reputation as a business improvement and turnaround specialist, transforming major businesses in the automotive, utilities, healthcare and food processing sectors; helping to raise largescale investment funding and facilitating MBOs, MBIs and IPOs to secure the future of the client businesses concerned. Much of his time currently is devoted to the development and growth of Liberty Industries Group following Liberty’s acquisition in 2015 of the former Caparo Industries UK steel and engineering businesses. Mr Dawson had overall responsibility for this business for five years in his position as Chief Operating Officer of Caparo Group’s worldwide operations. In recognition of his impressive and sustained contribution to the industry over more than three decades, Mr Dawson received an Alumni Achievement Award for Engineering & Industrial Management in 2014 and an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering in 2016 from Glasgow Caledonian University.

Gwenole Cozigou

Gwenole Cozigou

Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG GROW
European Commission

An economist by training, he has been an official in the European Commission since 1985 in the fields of Enterprise and Industrial Policy and of External Relations.


First working in the area of food industry within the Internal Market and Industrial Affairs Directorate-General (DG), he joined the service in charge of relations with Central and Eastern Europe and the USSR in 1989, and became Assistant to the responsible Deputy Director-General in 1990 until 1996 when he came back to Enterprise and Industry DG.


A former Deputy-Head of Office of Commissioner Liikanen in charge of enterprise and industrial policy, he has occupied several management positions in areas such as Food Industry and Biotechnology; Coordination of the internal market legislation for goods; Enterprise and Industrial policy and Defence, Aerospace and Maritime Industries.


Since December 2008, he has been Director in DG GROW (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs), in charge of competitiveness issues and EU internal market legislation for several industrial sectors, including REACH, engineering industries, medical devices, raw materials, etc.


His main responsibilities today cover: circular economy, energy union and energy-intensive industries, construction, automotive industries, raw materials, engineering and maritime industries.

Mostafa Elsayed

Mostafa Elsayed


Mostafa Elsayed is co-founder of Automata, a London-based robotics company, bringing high-class design, a simple user experience and price transparency to an industry riddled with the opposite. At Automata, he is focused on the development of the software within the company’s first robot Eva, ensuring it complements the intuitive hardware and ergonomic design of the desktop robot. Prior to founding Automata with Suryansh Chandra in 2015, Mostafa was Lead Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects, the world-renowned architecture practice responsible for the London Olympics Aquatics Centre. While there, he was responsible for computational design and worked on the world’s first mass customisable 3D printed furniture line all the way up to master plans for cities in the Middle East and China. Mostafa received a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the American University of Sharjah. He then went on to complete a Master’s in Architecture & Urbanism with distinction from the Architectural Association’s Design Research Lab in London.

Andrew  Churchill

Andrew Churchill

Executive Chairman
JJ Churchill

Andrew Churchill is the Executive Chairman of JJ Churchill Ltd., a family-owned aerospace precision-engineering business based in Market Bosworth.  He sits on the boards of Make UK (the Manufacturers’ Organisation); Midlands Group Training Services (a centre of excellence for education, training and development of engineering apprentices) and the Design & Technology Association (championing D&T education in schools).  Previously, Andrew sat on the Ministerial Advisory Group on Manufacturing and was part of the All Party Manufacturing Group.  He is currently a member of the Prime Minister’s Industrial, Manufacturing and Infrastructure Business Council, an advisory panel member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Trade and Investment and is a Fellow of the IET and a member of their Manufacturing Policy Panel.  In addition, he is a governor at two schools and an Enterprise Adviser at a third

Chris  Loring

Chris Loring

Managing Director, Head of Lending Products, Commercial Banking
Lloyds Banking Group

Chris is responsible for the management and transformation of the lending product business across the Commercial Bank.

Chris joined Lloyds Banking Group in 2000 and has extensive experience across Operations, Change, Risk and Commercial Banking. He covered clients in the Technology and Media sectors through the period of the financial crisis before becoming Executive Assistant to the CEO of Commercial Banking in 2012 and Chief Operating Officer for the Capital Markets business in 2013

Chris began his current role in 2015 and has been involved in the development of the Sustainable Product agenda for Commercial Banking including the launch of the £2bn Clean Growth Finance Initiative.

Jose  La Loggia

Jose La Loggia

Vice President and General Manager Trane Europe, Middle East and Africa
Ingersoll Rand

Jose La Loggia is a Vice President and General Manager at Ingersoll Rand, a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Since 2013, Jose has led the strategy, operations, innovation and performance of company’s Europe, Middle East and Africa heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems and services business, which goes to market as Trane®.

Trane is a leading global provider of indoor comfort systems and services and a brand of Ingersoll Rand. The business helps building owners around the world improve operational and energy efficiency by offering customers a wide range of high efficiency, industry-leading HVAC systems, services, controls and energy reduction solutions. Since buildings are a leading consumer of energy, the mission of Trane is to reduce the energy intensity of buildings around the world. Jose and his team work towards this mission every day by offering customers solutions that are beneficial for the entire lifecycle of their building.
Throughout his 20+ year tenure with company, Jose has demonstrated leadership and innovation in roles of increasing responsibility. His passion is taking care of the customer and creating a winning culture to deliver on the company’s mission. During the last five years as the leader of the European business, he created strong teamwork, improved operational efficiencies and led growth within all revenue streams and functions. His leadership has been instrumental in establishing and growing partnerships with customers, suppliers and partners, which has led to the acquisition of Thermocold in 2017 and ICS Cool Energy in 2018. La Loggia also was a finalist for the company’s most prestigious award for Leadership in 2018.

Jose is based in Brussels. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering

Allison  Grealis

Allison Grealis

Women in Manufacturing (WiM)

Allison Grealis is founder and president of the Women in Manufacturing® Association (WiM), a national trade association focused on supporting, promoting and inspiring women in the manufacturing sector. She also is president of the WiM Education Foundation, the 501(c)(3) arm of WiM, which provides effective and affordable educational opportunities for women in manufacturing.

From 2001 until March 2020, Ms Grealis also served as vice president of association services for the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), a full-service trade association representing the metal-forming industry. She is a frequent speaker at industry events, including the Financial Times’ Future of Manufacturing Summit, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence conference, the North American Manufacturing Excellence Summit, the Generis American Manufacturing Summit, and more. She also regularly is featured on industry podcasts and in the media.

Ms Grealis was recognized as one of 2018 Crain’s Cleveland Business’ Women of Note, which celebrates women for their outstanding leadership in the community. She serves as a member of the Community Advisory Board and Outreach Committee of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women of Case Western Reserve University. She also is a member of the Saint Joseph Academy Engineering and Design Honors Program Advisory Board. She previously served as a board member for the Greater Cleveland Society of Association Executives and Our Lady of the Elms High School.

Grealis earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a certificate in Women’s Studies from Ohio University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Akron.

Anand Menon

Anand Menon

The UK in a Changing Europe

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London. He directs the Economic and Social Research Council Initiative The UK in a Changing Europe ( He has held positions at Sciences Po, Columbia University and NYU. He has written on many aspects of contemporary Europe and is co-editor of the Oxford Handbook of the European Union (OUP, 2012). He is co-author of Brexit and British Politics (Polity, 2017) and author of Europe: The State of the Union (Atlantic Books 2008).  He has written for the Financial Times, Prospect, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, The Times and Le Monde. He is a frequent commentator on national and international broadcast media and has made several radio documentaries on contemporary politics. He is a member of the Council of the European Council on Foreign Relations and an associate fellow of Chatham House.

Seth Hindman

Seth Hindman

Senior Manager, Product Strategy and Management, Manufacturing, Cloud & Production

 Seth Hindman leads Product Strategy & Management for Generative Design, Simulation & Machine Learning within Autodesk’s Manufacturing Group. In this role, Seth leads a product management team focused on delivering capabilities that enable customers to change the way they design and manufacture their products, empowering differentiated value and enhanced business agility.

Before joining Autodesk in 2005, Seth spent a decade worked in the fluid power industry, designing products and developing systems for a variety of industries. As an Engineering Manager, Seth led a team of engineers through all phases of product development including concept, detail, analysis, test & certification, as well as procurement and manufacturing. As a system engineer, Seth worked onsite with customers to develop, implement and optimize their custom systems. Seth’s industry experience and insight comes from working with some of the world’s most influential and respected customers in the automotive, consumer products, construction, mining, agricultural, and material handling sectors.

Seth holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering which he earned from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

Jorge Pikunic

Jorge Pikunic

Managing Director
Centrica Business Solutions

Jorge Pikunic leads Centrica Business Solutions, established to deliver distributed energy solutions for large energy users as part of a more flexible energy landscape.

He joined Centrica in 2010, first heading up the Group’s strategy team before taking over as Managing Director of British Gas’ Smart Metering business, where he led the roll-out of smart meters to over one million residential customers.

Born in Venezuela, Jorge is an engineer and holds a MSc and PhD in Chemical Engineering. He was also a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford before joining McKinsey & Company where he advised a number of institutions in energy and other sectors. He has also worked for Procter & Gamble and PDVSA (Venezuelan national oil company), and was a Board Director of Smart Energy GB.

Robert Metzke

Robert Metzke

Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy, Head of Sustainability
Royal Philips

Robert is a member of Royal Philips’ Innovation & Strategy Management Team, where he holds a double role. He is Head of Sustainability as well as Chief of Staff Innovation & Strategy. 


As Leader of the Philips Sustainability Function, Robert focuses on strategy and policy development and drives the execution of structural sustainability action programs in the company via the standing organisation. In his role as Chief of Staff he is responsible for initiating and driving strategic programs and transformation initiatives across Innovation, Strategy, Design, IP&S and Sustainability.


Robert supports and advises the Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer, as well as integrates and prioritises across the Innovation- and Strategy Management Team. Robert is an experienced global program- and team leader with passion for innovation, strategy, social impact and change leadership.


In his previous role as General Manager of the global Group Strategy team, Robert was responsible for building and managing Philips’ central strategy team, driving functional excellence in the strategy process and working with the Philips Leadership team to identify and solve strategic challenges for Philips.


Robert joined Philips in 2008 as Head of the Philips EcoVision program, leading development and worldwide implementation of Philips’ program for sustainable innovation (“EcoVision5”). Before joining Philips, Robert worked at McKinsey & Company as consultant where he gained 5 years of experience in strategy and innovation in the high-tech, health-care and public sectors.


His background is in journalism, science publishing (Science/ AAAS) and academic research (Theoretical Physics).

Amit  Nastik

Amit Nastik

Global Head of Operations
Novartis Technical Operations (NTO)

Amit joined Novartis in 2004 as part of the Group Internal Audit department, and worked in key roles including Head Strategic Planning, Novartis Pharma Region Europe, and Global Head Strategy for the former Consumer Health Division, as well as various commercial roles in the Pharmaceuticals and Alcon organizations, including Business Unit Head in Germany and Austria. Amit also worked as a Senior Director in the Novartis Corporate M&A team, and was part of the team that ran the Alcon Strategic Review, before joining NTO as Head of Strategy and Operations in 2018. Amit is a Swiss national, holds a Master's degree from the University of St. Gallen and is also an alumnus of the Harvard Business School. 

Kirsty      Lloyd-Jukes

Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes

Latent Logic

Kirsty Lloyd-Jukes, CEO, Latent Logic


Kirsty is the CEO for Latent Logic - an Oxford University A.I. technology spin-out using state-of-the-art machine learning to develop virtual reality test environments for self-driving cars. An Oxford graduate, Kirsty spent her early career at strategy consultancy Oliver Wyman. She then joined the AA as Director of Membership Services and Ventures to lead the strategy post IPO. Whilst there she launched several successful start-ups in the future mobility ecosystem, including the AA’s multi award-winning Connected Car product Car Genie. Kirsty is also a Non Executive Director for the Institute of Directors.

Douglas  Johnson-Poensgen

Douglas Johnson-Poensgen

Co-founder and CEO



Douglas Johnson-Poensgen is co-founder and CEO of Circulor.


Circulor is using blockchain, IoT and AI to bring transparency to raw materials supply chains.  The Circulor platform tracks raw materials from source to finished product, helping manufacturers and their suppliers build a sustainable future.

​ Circulor’s clients’ raw materials concerns range from cobalt to palm oil.  Raw materials are given a dynamic identity which is the basis for a complete chain of custody, even as their composition changes during refining and amalgamation.


Doug has 25 years international experience across TMT, financial services, IT and management consultancy sectors.

Attilio  Di Battista

Attilio Di Battista

Project Lead, Centre for the New Economy and Society
World Economic Forum

Attilio Di Battista is Project Lead at the Centre for the New Economy and Society of the World Economic Forum. He leads the development of a network of public private collaborations on innovation and skills, across advanced and emerging markets. At the World Economic Forum, he has worked on several projects related to productivity, skills, international trade and the digital economy; and he has been co-author of flagship publications including the Global Competitiveness Report, the Global Information Technology Report and the Global Enabling Trade Report. Prior to joining the Forum, he has worked on developing export strategies at the International Trade Centre, a joint agency of the UN and the WTO. He holds a Masters' Degree in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva.


Tony  Martyn

Tony Martyn

Chief Technology Officer

Tony Marty is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and Operations management professional specialising in low volume, high mix specialist vehicle environments with more than 25 years’ experience in the transport industry developing and implementing transport solutions to the public transport, road haulage and vehicle recovery sectors. He was formerly Group Head of New Product Development at Alexander Dennis and Engineering Director at Wrightbus Ltd

Aldo  Sorniotti

Aldo Sorniotti

Professor in Advanced Vehicle Engineering,
University of Surrey

Aldo Sorniotti received the M.Sc. degree in mechanical engineering and Ph.D. degree in applied mechanics from the Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy, in 2001 and 2005, respectively. He is a Professor in advanced vehicle engineering with the University of Surrey, Guildford, U.K., where he coordinates the Centre for Automotive Engineering. His research interests include vehicle dynamics control and transmission systems for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Jagjit Srai

Jagjit Srai

Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing,
IfM (Institute for Manufacturing) Cambridge University

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai is Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. He has Director/Investigator roles across several major multi-disciplinary research projects, bringing an engineering and strategic operations management perspective to the design, analysis and operation of international supply chains. Research projects explore the disruptive impacts of new production and digital technologies on supply chains, markets and regulation, involving close collaborations with industry, academia, and public bodies. Jag also advises leading multinationals, governments and international institutions including UNCTAD, UNIDO, WEF. Previous roles were in industry with Unilever working as a Supply Chain Director of a multinational regional business, Technical Director of a national business and other senior management positions. Dr Srai holds a first-class honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Aston University, MPhil and PhD degrees in International Supply Networks from Cambridge University, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Guy Norris

Guy Norris

Operations and Supply Chain Expert
PA Consulting

Guy helps manufacturers deliver strategic transformation, operational performance improvement and organisational culture and behaviour change.

His career spans over 24 years in industry and consulting including senior leadership and advisory positions in Programme Management, Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operational Excellence, serving global Aerospace, Defence, Industrial, Marine, Energy and Life Sciences organisations.

Guy’s primary focus within PA Consulting is to support clients to increase their competitiveness through improved quality, cost, cash flow, delivery and time-to-market performance. He takes a highly collaborative approach to deliver solutions tailored to client needs, drawing increasingly on digitally supported smart manufacturing and supply chain capability, and agile delivery techniques.

Guy holds a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Durham University and an Open University MBA. He is a chartered manager (CMgr CMI) and a member of the IET.

Ian Strath

Ian Strath

Portfolio Development Manager

Ian Strath is the Portfolio Development Director for Siemens Industry Software in the UK, having joined the Siemens family through the acquisition of LMS International where he was the country Manager. Siemens Industry Software is well known for Teamcenter and NX CAD, but Ian’s role is to evangelize the extensive portfolio of software solutions Siemens has for product simulation, manufacturing planning and manufacturing execution.


Moderators (5)

Peggy Hollinger

Peggy Hollinger

International Business Editor
Financial Times

Peggy Hollinger was appointed the FT’s industry editor in September 2014. Prior to this, she had been a leader writer since September 2011. Ms Hollinger has also held the positions of the Paris bureau chief and Paris correspondent. Before that she was a UK company news editor and the retail correspondent. Joining the FT in 1987, she has also covered UK utilities and oil and gas and written for Lex. She graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, with an honours degree in history.

Rana Foroohar

Rana Foroohar

Global Business Columnist and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Rana Foroohar is Global Business Columnist and an Associate Editor at the Financial Times, based in New York. She is also CNN’s global economic analyst. Her book, Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business (Crown), about why the capital markets no longer support business, was shortlisted for the Financial Times McKinsey Book of the Year award in 2016.

Prior to joining the FT and CNN, Ms Foroohar spent six years at TIME, as an assistant managing editor and economic columnist. She previously spent 13 years at Newsweek, as an economic and foreign affairs editor and a foreign correspondent covering Europe and the Middle East. During that time, she was awarded the German Marshall Fund’s Peter Weitz Prize for transatlantic reporting. She has also received awards and fellowships from institutions such as the Johns Hopkins School of International Affairs and the East West Center. She is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Daniel Thomas

Daniel Thomas

Executive News Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Mr Thomas was previously the FT’s deputy companies editor and telecoms editor.

Prior to that, he worked as the FT’s property correspondent. He has also reported for FT Money and FT Weekend’s personal finance supplement. Prior to joining the FT in March 2007, he was an assistant editor for Property Week.

Mr Thomas holds a postgraduate degree in journalism from City University and a BA in English and Philosophy from Manchester University. He was named Business Journalist of the Year at the LSL Property Awards and awarded IBP News Reporter of the Year – both in 2010.

Michael Pooler

Michael Pooler

Industry Reporter
Financial Times

Michael Pooler is a reporter at the Financial Times, with a beat covering steel, engineering, general manufacturing and logistics. He joined the industry team in September 2015 after working on the World news desk for a year. Mr Pooler joined the FT in March 2014 under the Marjorie Deane Fellowship, reporting on companies and markets. Prior to that, he worked at a specialist financial publication covering infrastructure.

Joe  Miller

Joe Miller

Frankfurt Correspondent
Financial Times

Joe Miller is the FT's Frankfurt Correspondent, covering the titans of German industry, the Mittelstand and the IT sector. He joined the FT from BBC News, where he was a business correspondent in London, New York, Berlin and New Delhi. He was a George Weidenfeld Fellow at the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich in 2015. He graduated from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in English Literature.


Advisory board (11)

Jean-Philippe Hermine

Jean-Philippe Hermine

Vice President, Strategic Environmental Planning
Groupe Renault

Born in 1964, Jean-Philippe Hermine has graduated as Geologist Engineer from the Nancy School of Geology. He joined Renault in 1996 and led the environmental audits during the corporate restructuring and acquisitions of the Group (RVI, Volvo, Dacia, Samsung Motors).


In 2000, he was appointed head of the environmental network managing issues such as soil contamination, atmospheric emissions or waste performances in manufacturing plants.


In 2004, he joined the Strategic Environmental Planning Department to coordinate the implementation of Renault’s recycling policy and the creation of innovative and strategic partnerships on materials recycling and recovery.


In 2009, he was appointed Head of the Energy & Hygiene Safety Environment Department, in charge of Renault sites worldwide.


Since July 2011, Mr Hermine is Vice President in charge of Strategic Environmental Planning for the Renault Group and CEO of Renault Environment. Director of the Plan and strategy for the Environment for the Renault group since July 2011, Mr Hermine works to elaborate and apply a coherent environmental policy for the Group, its products and their production, including all brands and activities.


He is also Managing Director of Renault Environment, a Holding which manages Renault’s participation in 3 subsidiaries in the recycling area, specializing in the end-of-life of products and the valorization of metallic waste.


Since 2012, Mr Hermine is also member of the Ethics and Conformity committee for Groupe Renault.

Daria   Donati

Daria Donati

Director, Business Development and Innovation
GE Healthcare Life Sciences

Daria Donati is Director for Business Development and Innovation for GE Healthcare Life Sciences, based in Uppsala, Sweden. She leads growth initiatives and development of key partnerships in biopharma manufacturing.


Daria joined GE Healthcare in 2008 and has held various commercial and operational roles in the Enterprise Solutions biomanufacturing business. She was instrumental in driving the development and commercialization of the KUBio, the first off-the-shelf facility for monoclonal antibody manufacturing,


Before GE, Daria worked with the World Health Organization’s Multilateral Initiative on Malaria, supporting capacity building in sub-Saharan Africa,


Daria holds PhDs in transplant immunology and biotechnology from the University of Pisa, Italy, and in experimental medicine from Karolinska Institute, Sweden. She has served as a principal investigator for malaria immunology, infectious diseases, and vaccines.

Greg Conary

Greg Conary

Vice President, Group Strategy and Government Affairs
Schneider Electric
Michael Pooler

Michael Pooler

Industry Reporter
Financial Times

Michael Pooler is a reporter at the Financial Times, with a beat covering steel, engineering, general manufacturing and logistics. He joined the industry team in September 2015 after working on the World news desk for a year. Mr Pooler joined the FT in March 2014 under the Marjorie Deane Fellowship, reporting on companies and markets. Prior to that, he worked at a specialist financial publication covering infrastructure.

Dirk Pilat

Dirk Pilat

Deputy Director, Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry

Dirk Pilat, a Dutch national, is Deputy Director of the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Innovation. He supports the Director of STI in overseeing OECD’s work on innovation, business and productivity dynamics, science and technology, digital economy policy, consumer policy as well as the statistical work associated with each of these areas. He also helps ensure this work contributes to the strategic objectives of the Organisation to support and develop better policies for better lives.Dirk joined the OECD in February 1994 and has worked on many policy issues since then, including innovation, the role of digital technologies for economic growth, climate change and environmental innovation, labour markets, regulatory reform, global value chains, productivity and entrepreneurship, as well as health innovation. He is currently helping to coordinate the OECD's new Going Digital project, which is a multidisciplinary, cross-cutting initiative that aims to help policymakers better understand the digital transformation that is taking place and help articulate recommendations for pro-active policies that will help to drive greater growth and societal well-being.Dirk was responsible for the OECD’s Committee for Scientific and Technological Policy from 2006 to January 2009, and for the Committee on Industry, Innovation and Entrepreneurship from February 2009 to December 2012.Before joining the OECD, he was a researcher at the University of Groningen, where he also earned his PhD in Economics, working primarily on productivity and economic growth.

Sylvia Pfeifer

Sylvia Pfeifer

Acting Industry Editor
Financial Times

Sylvia Pfeifer is the FT's Acting Industry Editor based in London. She was previously part of the FT's Energy team and Energy Editor from 2010 to 2012. She joined the paper in 2008 to cover the defence industry. She was Deputy Business Editor of the Sunday Telegraph prior to that and City Editor of The Business newspaper, previously Sunday Business, where she was part of the launch team in 1998 and covered the energy industry as well as industrials. She graduated from Oxford University. 

Jagjit Srai

Jagjit Srai

Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing,
IfM (Institute for Manufacturing) Cambridge University

Dr Jagjit Singh Srai is Head of the Centre for International Manufacturing, Institute for Manufacturing, University of Cambridge. He has Director/Investigator roles across several major multi-disciplinary research projects, bringing an engineering and strategic operations management perspective to the design, analysis and operation of international supply chains. Research projects explore the disruptive impacts of new production and digital technologies on supply chains, markets and regulation, involving close collaborations with industry, academia, and public bodies. Jag also advises leading multinationals, governments and international institutions including UNCTAD, UNIDO, WEF. Previous roles were in industry with Unilever working as a Supply Chain Director of a multinational regional business, Technical Director of a national business and other senior management positions. Dr Srai holds a first-class honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Aston University, MPhil and PhD degrees in International Supply Networks from Cambridge University, is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Guy Norris

Guy Norris

Operations and Supply Chain Expert
PA Consulting

Guy helps manufacturers deliver strategic transformation, operational performance improvement and organisational culture and behaviour change.

His career spans over 24 years in industry and consulting including senior leadership and advisory positions in Programme Management, Engineering, Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Operational Excellence, serving global Aerospace, Defence, Industrial, Marine, Energy and Life Sciences organisations.

Guy’s primary focus within PA Consulting is to support clients to increase their competitiveness through improved quality, cost, cash flow, delivery and time-to-market performance. He takes a highly collaborative approach to deliver solutions tailored to client needs, drawing increasingly on digitally supported smart manufacturing and supply chain capability, and agile delivery techniques.

Guy holds a bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from Durham University and an Open University MBA. He is a chartered manager (CMgr CMI) and a member of the IET.

Hamid  Mughal

Hamid Mughal

Global Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce

Hamid Mughal is an internationally acclaimed manufacturing leader with over 28 years of experience in the automotive and aerospace Industries. During this period he has held senior positions in a variety of disciplines ranging from Product Engineering to Supply Chain Management. He joined Rolls-Royce in 2001 from BMW Group where he was Director of New Product Programmes.

In his current role as Director of Manufacturing, Rolls-Royce plc, Dr Mughal is responsible for leading the manufacturing activities and strategies across the company’s manufacturing base. This includes the development and deployment of manufacturing methods, standards, technologies, systems and lean practices to achieve Best in Class performance. He is also responsible for the professional development of the global manufacturing community in the company.

Dr Mughal has an Honours degree in Mechanical Engineering, BA in Mathematics and Technology, MSc in Production Engineering & Management and a Doctorate in Manufacturing Systems.  He has a keen interest in the latest developments in manufacturing and supply chain management and contributes regularly to professional bodies in his capacity as Pro Chancellor University of Nottingham and External Professor at Manufacturing at Cranfield and Sheffield Universities. He is a Chartered Engineer, winner of the IET’s International Manufacturing Gold Medal, Fellow of Royal Academy of Engineering, IMechE and IET and a Board member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult. 

Dr Mughal passionately believes in the social and economic value of Manufacturing. He plays a leading role in the advancement of competitive manufacturing by promoting collaborative programmes such as the Global network of Advanced Manufacturing Research Centres, the development & application of Lean Production Systems, The Future of Manufacturing project with the UK Government Office of Science and cross-sector education and training programmes for industrial leaders.

Dr Mughal received an OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to Innovation, Technology and Manufacturing.

Patrick  McGee

Patrick McGee

San Francisco Correspondent
Financial Times

Patrick McGee is the FT’s San Francisco Correspondent covering Apple and US technology. He was previously in Frankfurt, writing about the Volkswagen scandal and the challenge to German carmakers from electric vehicles and self-driving tech. He joined the Financial Times in 2013 to cover Asian markets from Hong Kong. He was previously a bond reporter at the Wall Street Journal in New York. He has a Master's in Global Diplomacy from Soas, University of London, and a degree in Religious Studies from the University of Toronto.

Rafael Cayuela

Rafael Cayuela

Corporate Chief Economist
The Dow Chemical Company

Rafael Cayuela is the Corporate Chief Economist at The Dow Chemical Company and member of the Dow global Corporate Strategy Team. In this role Mr Cayuela helps to translate the various macroeconomic and industry disruptive mega trends into Dow corporate strategy, working closely with key stakeholders; including regulators, governments, think tanks, consultants and international organizations.

In his capacity Mr Cayuela actively engages with global chemical associations, like the European Chemical Association (CEFIC) or the American Chemical Council (ACC), as well as with inter-national organizations like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the G20, OECD, European Commission, International Energy Agency (IEA), World Economic Forums (WEF) and others. Rafael is also the chairman of the CEFIC Flagship Mid Century Project, a foresight strategic exercise on the future of the European chemical industry by the mid-century.

Mr Cayuela is an economist by education and has more than fifteen years of experience within the chemical industry across the world. Mr Cayuela started his career for Dow Chemical in Madrid, Spain, while moving early in his career into Dow global headquarters in Midland, Michigan. Currently he is based at Dow European headquarters in Horgen, Switzerland since 2007. Mr Cayuela holds a Master’s degree in European Economics from the College of Europe, Bruges, Belgium, an MBA from Northwood University in Midland Michigan and an Executive MBA from the University of Chicago USA.

Mr Cayuela is also the author of the book The Future of the Chemical Industry by 2050, published by Wiley in May 2013 and he is an active international speaker about the Economy, the Chemical Industry, Bio-economy, Sustainability and Digitalization as a major business opportunities for the long term outlook of the Industry. Mr Cayuela is also working on a new WILEY book on the Chemical Industry under the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Sustainable, Digital and Citizens One and another one on the need to develop a new sustainable, socio, political and economic framework and model for the next century.


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Committed to Britain’s manufacturing industry we’re ready to support your business ambitions. Working closely with you, our manufacturing Relationship Directors provide the finance solutions you need in a changing market. 


Visit us at the FT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2019 where our manufacturing team will be available to answer questions and discuss our range of services and sector support. At Lloyds Bank our Relationship Directors are sector focused and trained in Manufacturing Awareness through the Warwick Manufacturing Group, so you can be sure we understand your unique needs.


To find out how we can help your business, contact:


Name Stephen Harris

Job tile Managing Director -  Manufacturing 


Phone number 07557 939004 


Autodesk makes software for people who make things.  If you’ve ever driven a high-performance car, admired a towering skyscraper, used a smartphone, or watched a great film, chances are you’ve experienced what millions of Autodesk customers are doing with our software.

Everyone—from design professionals, engineers and architects to digital artists and hobbyists—uses Autodesk software to unlock their creativity and solve important challenges. Autodesk software is available free to students, teachers and educational institutions around the world to help cultivate the next generation of designers, engineers and manufacturers.

The future of manufacturing is being driven by disruption in the way products are created and consumed. Autodesk equips designers, engineers and makers to thrive in this “new industrial revolution” underway. We provide manufacturing software solutions that enable customers to innovate and create products that take advantage of changes in digital fabrication, consumer expectations and connected services. Our solutions are built on the Autodesk Forge platform; a set of cloud services that connect design, engineering, visualization, collaboration, production and operations workflows. The Autodesk Forge Fund will invest up to $100M in companies that develop innovative solutions or services that are connected to this platform. 

The company is developing cutting-edge 3D printing technology, generative design software, machine learning capabilities, human-robotics interfaces and more that make it possible to create things in entirely new ways.  Together with its customers, Autodesk is changing the way the world is designed and made.

Mondi Group is a global industry leader in sustainable packaging and paper solutions. We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Mondi has a strong track record of commercial and manufacturing excellence, with a passion for lean processes and quality. We believe digitalisation is a core source of future competitive advantage – it will enable us to reach the next level of production efficiency and customer interaction.  As will our focus on making manufacturing a diverse and inclusive environment for our 26,000+ employees in 100+ plants across 30+ countries.

Sustainability is embedded in everything Mondi does. This includes securing wood from responsible sources, minimising environmental impact and working with customers to create EcoSolutions that are sustainable by design – paper where possible, plastic when useful. We have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

In 2018, Mondi had revenues of €7.48 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.76 billion. This follows more than 10 years of successful growth as a LSE/JSE listed company, building on our heritage of 50 years as Mondi and more than 200 years in papermaking. 

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Centrica Business Solutions is part of Centrica plc, a leading international energy services and solutions provider, founded on a 200-year heritage of serving people.

Centrica Business Solutions is at the forefront of distributed energy. We help organisations take advantage of the changing energy landscape by building intelligent, end-to-end solutions that power their performance, resilience and business vision.

Our vision is an energy future driven by artificial intelligence platforms and algorithms that help better manage supply and demand and turn homes and businesses into virtual power plants. We currently manage 5GW of flexible demand side response assets for industrial and residential consumers.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) Group, headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world’s leading industrial firms with over 83,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenue of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI Group owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and space.

MHI Group provides world-class technical solutions across the entire energy value chain that enable industry-leading production efficiency and significantly reduced environmental impact. MHI Group’s energy portfolio spans conventional and nuclear power, including GTCC (gas turbine combined-cycle) and IGCC (integrated coal gasification), renewable energy solutions such as offshore wind turbines, geothermal and organic rankine cycle power generation technology as well as turbomachinery. MHI Group is leading the change in the industrial and power generation sectors through its advanced technology, service and digital solutions.

For more information, please visit MHI’s website:

For the latest trends and innovations shaping industrial technology, visit MHI’s online media Spectra:

An innovation and transformation consultancy, we believe in the power of ingenuity to build a positive human future in a technology-driven world. As strategies, technologies and innovation collide, we turn complexity into opportunity. Our diverse teams of experts combine innovative thinking and breakthrough technologies to progress further, faster. Our clients adapt and transform, and together we achieve enduring results. We are over 2,600 specialists in consumer, defence and security, energy and utilities, financial services, government, healthcare, life sciences, manufacturing, and transport, travel and logistics. We operate globally from offices across the Americas, Europe, the Nordics and the Gulf.  

Siemens Digital Industries (DI) is an innovation leader in automation and digitalization. Closely collaborating with partners and customers, DI drives the digital transformation in the process and discrete industries. With its Digital Enterprise portfolio, DI provides companies of all sizes with an end-to-end set of products, solutions and services to integrate and digitalize the entire value chain. Optimized for the specific needs of each industry, DI’s unique portfolio supports customers to achieve greater productivity and flexibility. DI is constantly adding innovations to its portfolio to integrate cutting-edge future technologies. Siemens Digital Industries has its global headquarters in Nuremberg, Germany, and has around 75,000 employees internationally.

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Flanders Investment and Trade is a government development agency at the Belgian Embassy in London.

We provide confidential expert advice on doing business on the European continent, using Flanders as the gateway. Our services are tailored to your business needs and are free of charge. We can help you find the right location and get you in touch with the right specialist or partner. Flanders Investment and Trade will guide you through our tax incentives and available grants to maximize opportunity.

Feel free to contact us on or +44 (0)207 307 77 10 regarding any query on doing business in Europe. 

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Manufacturing Global is an innovative digital publication aimed at bringing business executives up-to-date with the latest news, information and trends from across the manufacturing industry.

Our digital platform includes an interactive website and magazine experience that will bring you inside the world of manufacturing, including comprehensive insight and analysis into the sector.

We seek to inform, engage and interact with leading executives about key trends, technological advances, lean developments, operational excellence and the progression of people and skills throughout the industry.

With a physical presence in many of the world’s largest economies, Manufacturing Global is abreast of news and developments occurring around the clock. We strive to keep our ears to the ground and our fingers on the pulse to bring time-poor executives a breakdown of the most important breaking stories and news updates from one of the globe’s most influential industries.

At Manufacturing Global we aim to enhance the industry’s media landscape and generate open dialogue with our readers to influence the sector for the better, while creating an interactive client development tool.

Nikkei is a trusted media brand in Asia, known for its quality journalism and capability in providing business news and information. Founded as a market news media in Japan in 1876, Nikkei has grown to be one of the largest media conglomerates with 37 foreign editorial bureaus and approximately 1500 journalists worldwide, with another global media brand, the Financial Times, joining in our group in 2015. Nikkei is continually deploying new technology to find new ways to deliver news as a reliable source of information for the global community.


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