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FT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2020

Achieving sustainable production in unstable times

London |
Speakers include:
Dave Ingram

Dave Ingram


Maria Soler Nunez

Maria Soler Nunez


Warren East

Warren East



The world has been shaken with force by the recent coronavirus pandemic, resulting in both sides, supply and demand, of the global economy, being fully disrupted. With many economists forecasting a significant recession to come, organisations across every sector are raising concerns about poor cash flows, corporate debt, unemployment surges and a significant rise in companies going under. While many industries such as energy, transport and manufacturing have been halted in their tracks due to a sharp fall in demand, organisations within them have had to significantly alter course and adapt to arguably the biggest industrial crisis in 100 years. 

The 7th edition of FT Future of Manufacturing Summit comes at a time when the future is more unclear than ever. The event will provide a fresh perspective on the crucial issues impacting the industrial sector right now and focus heavily on what was, and what should still be, the sector’s toughest challenge - manufacturing goods with a net-zero carbon supply chain in its sights.

fallback Add to my Calendar 10/07/2020 08:00:0010/07/2020 19:00:00trueFT Future of Manufacturing Summit 2020The world has been shaken with force by the recent coronavirus pandemic, resulting in both sides, supply and demand, of the global economy, being fully disrupted. With many economists forecasting a significant recession to come, organisations across every sector are raising concerns about poor cash flows, corporate debt, unemployment surges and a significant rise in companies going under. While many industries such as energy, transport and manufacturing have been halted in their tracks due to a sharp fall in demand, organisations within them have had to significantly alter course and adapt to arguably the biggest industrial crisis in 100 years. The 7th edition of FT Future of Manufacturing Summit comes at a time when the future is more unclear than ever. The event will provide a fresh perspective on the crucial issues impacting the industrial sector right now and focus heavily on what was, and what should still be, the sector’s toughest challenge - manufacturing goods with a net-zero carbon supply chain in its sights.FT-Future-of-Manufacturing-Summit-2020e83175a5fd235506e4494f876a414708MM/DD/YYYY

View photos from the 2019 Summit here.

View photos from the 2019 Summit here.



2019 Manufacturing Summit Highlights video


Agenda - 7th Oct

  • 8:00am
  • 9:00am
    Chair’s opening remarks

    Peggy Hollinger, International Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 9:10am
    ECONOMIC VIEW: The past, present and future of production and trade

    Economic stability is key to a successful and sustainable manufacturing sector yet the coronavirus pandemic has completely upended world economies and there are extreme levels of uncertainty in the industry at the moment. An impending recession is looming and this is further amplifying the concern of a lack of investment in manufacturing. But, while governments think hard about how to avert the very worst of a recession, it’s equally important that other challenges are not forgotten. The climate crisis for one is still arguably the world’s most pressing issue and the manufacturing sector has a big role to play. Along with climate investment plans, this session will take an economic view on the manufacturing industry now and in the years to come.

    Rafael Cayuela, Director and Corporate Chief Economist, Dow Chemical Company

  • 9:30am
    PANEL: Post-pandemic: The state of play in global manufacturing

    In light of the coronavirus pandemic, some of the industry's biggest names assess the manufacturing business models that proved effective and resilient in a sudden and severely disrupted environment while also outlining the longer-term challenges and opportunities that the industry should now look towards.

    • Post pandemic: what are the priorities for manufacturing businesses now?
    • Can manufacturers preempt further disruption, whether that be technological or cultural, and create proactive business models to adhere to them?
    • How much of an impact do low-cost, new entrants pose given the changes that the industry has now seen?
    • Striking an investment balance between enhancing labour talent and implementing new technology
    • Is net-zero production actually attainable in reality?

    Warren East, CEO, Rolls-Royce

    Maria Soler Nunez, Global Head of Manufacturing Technical Operations, Novartis

  • 10:30am
    MORNING KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: Will sustainable manufacturing ever be a reality?

    This session will explore the future of a leading international manufacturer and how its leaders are embarking on a new chapter of production and what it really means to be sustainable in the manufactured goods sector in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Dave Ingram, Chief Procurement Officer, Unilever

  • 11:00am
    Morning break
  • 11:30am
    PANEL: Targeting net-zero carbon supply chains over net-zero carbon companies

    Industrial production accounts for roughly one-quarter of all greenhouse gases emitted by the UK. As traction grows on the need to manufacture products more sustainably through more efficient practices, higher recycling rates, electrification and carbon capture, these emissions can be cut. But, as companies strive to better their carbon footprint are they actually aiding the sustainability of the overall supply chain or simply offsetting the challenges? And furthermore, what impact has the coronavirus pandemic had on global manufacturing sustainability targets?

    • Supply chain fragmentation - do sustainability efficiencies get lost or enhanced?
    • Is enough pressure being put on the recyclability of materials during product design phases?
    • How can legislation become firmer on net-zero targets and what offsetting loopholes does it need to close?
    • Is the industry prioritising net-zero supply chains instead of net-zero companies?
    • Do international government incentives serve a purpose as supply chains become more localised?

    Emmanuel Abate, Vice President of Sustainability, Cytiva 

    Mahesh Ramanujam, President & CEO, U.S. Green Building Council

  • 12:00pm
    PANEL: Managing supply chain recovery after a pandemic

    The devastating impact of coronavirus has been felt across all global supply chains. While some manufacturers have been able to mobilise rapidly in the short-term, others have completely halted and will have to reimagine their operations as soon as possible. But, it will be the medium and long-term impacts that companies need to focus on if they are to emerge resilient and adaptable to future challenges. 

    • Is more transparency needed over multi-tier supply chains?
    • What lessons have been learnt from rapid changes in consumer demand?
    • How can manufacturers optimize production and distribution capacity?
    • How will long-lasting consumer trends, altered as a result of coronavirus, shift supply chain management?

    Jim Cafone, Vice President - Network Design & Performance for Supply Chain, Pfizer

    Graham Budd, Chief Operating Officer, Arm

  • 12:30pm

    The following session takes practical, factory and engineering-based viewpoints and looks at three industry-specific examples but highlights both the challenges and opportunities that can be learnt across all sectors in terms of boosting manufacturing efficiency. Each toolkit talk will last 15 minutes.

    TOOLKIT ONE: Innovating to protect the future of the automobile

    Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer, Aston Martin Lagonda

    TOOLKIT TWO: Can manufacturers ever foresee what consumers really want in the world of FMCG?

    TOOLKIT THREE: Achieving speed-to-market production in healthcare

  • 1:15pm

    Within the exhibition area, guests are invited to participate in demo experiences

  • 2:15pm


    14:15 PANEL: How to enhance diversity and inclusion in the boardroom, plant and factory

    • Assessing the state of play in the sector right now
    • How to make equal pay a reality
    • What’s the best way to eradicate unconscious bias during recruitment?
    • The role of the staffing partner in growing a diverse workforce
    • How to make the best use of STEM training for your company

    Mandeep Dhatt, Executive Director of HR, McLaren Automotive

    Allison Grealis, President, Women in Manufacturing

    Karen Norheim, President & COO, American Crane & Equipment Corporation

    15:00 PANEL: Transitioning to future skillsets - what are the priorities for manufacturers?

    • How will the nature of human work continue to change in line with digital innovation?
    • How should managers cultivate a culture of augmentation rather than replacement? 
    • Should leaders hire on potential or experience?

    Sylvie Rancon, SVP HR - Manufacturing & Supply Chain, GSK

    Ian Green, Senior Manager - Nissan Skills Foundation, Nissan

    Katrina Ritchie, Director of People and Culture, Gripple

    15:45 PRESENTATION: How can manufacturers draw tech-savvy talent away from technology conglomerates?

    16:00 INTERVIEW: Futuristic manufacturing: What will the workplace look like in 20 years?



    14:15 PANEL: A new manufacturing ecosystem: How to digitise during turbulent times

    • What are the main challenges manufacturing companies across industries face when they strive for digital success?
    • How has a fluctuating product mix between hardware and software impacted the industry?
    • What are the performance improvements achieved from digital investments?
    • Can the effects of digital transformation be seen on the bottom line? 
    • Can original manufacturers ever be seen as digital companies?
    • What leadership characteristics have become essential while companies digitally transform?

    Rodrigo Dauster, Senior Director - Digital Transformation, Carlsberg

    Lina Huertas, Chief Technologist - Digital Manufacturing, Manufacturing Technology Centre

    Kris Kupilas, Digital Transformation Lead - Global R&D, ArcelorMittal

    15:00 PANEL: Optimising supply chains through effective digital technologies

    • Taking a step back - what makes a successful supply chain?
    • What factors are crucial when manufacturers go beyond digital transformation pilot projects and invest in rollouts?
    • Will the full-effect of digital transformations only be felt once real-time connections are made in the manufacturing supply chain?
    • How will digital supply chains change the way manufacturers search for, and hire new talent?

    Biswaranjan Sen, Executive Vice President - Supply Chain, Unilever

    Ernest Debets, Vice President - Information Technology & Digitalisation, e.GO Mobile

    15:45 PRESENTATION: Harnessing digital twins to boost cost-savings in your operations

    16:00 DIALOGUE: Investing in the digital side of manufacturing

    Neil Young, Group Lead for Advanced Manufacturing, Babcock International

    The FT sits down with a leading manufacturer to assess how digital transformation can be leveraged to gain process efficiencies, advance workforce productivity and drive operational innovation within their supply chains.

  • 4:15pm
    Afternoon break

    Within the exhibition area, guests are invited to participate in demo experiences

  • 4:45pm
    CLOSING FIRESIDE CHAT: The future of manufacturing

    This final keynote session sees the FT and the audience sit down with a leading academic and pioneer in the industry to get to grips with what the future holds for manufacturers and how best to prepare for it.

    Tim Minshall, Head of the Institute of Manufacturing, University of Cambridge

    in conversation with Peggy Hollinger, International Business Editor, Financial Times

  • 5:15pm
    Summary remarks from the FT
  • 5:30pm
    Cocktail reception


Dave Ingram

Dave Ingram

Chief Procurement Officer

Having joined the business in 1989, Mr Ingram has worked in the UK, Mexico, Shanghai, Singapore and The Netherlands during his 30-year career with Unilever. His extensive experience spans supply chain operations, including procurement, manufacturing, logistics and planning. He was appointed Chief Procurement Officer in April 2019, based in Singapore, and also assumed the role as Head of Unilever Asia (UAPL). He is responsible for the procurement of all goods and services globally, supporting the creation of over 400 brands sold in over 190 countries. Mr Ingram is also tasked with delivering ambitious sustainable sourcing strategies as part of Unilever’s Sustainable Living Plan.

Prior to these appointments, he was a member of the Unilever European Executive and the Global Supply Chain leadership teams, responsible for the European Supply Chain. Additionally he was responsible for the Global Planning organisation and in developing the strategy for the Digital Re-Wire of the Supply Chain function.

In 2013, Mr Ingram led the Supply Chain for China and North Asia, supporting the doubling of the business and ultimately took responsibility as the Head of Supply Chain Asia in laying the foundations for e-commerce. He holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, UK and is a native of Scotland.

Maria Soler Nunez

Maria Soler Nunez

Global Head of Manufacturing Technical Operations

Maria Soler Nunez is the Head of Global Manufacturing Functions for Novartis Technical Operations (NTO) and a member of the Novartis Technical Operations leadership team. She has more than 20 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and started her career at Lilly where she held positions of responsibility in Manufacturing, Packaging and Quality first in Spain and later in the US.

In 2010 she joined Novartis Pharma where she was responsible for the implementation of the quality organization in External Supply and later for Auditing & Compliance for the Pharma Division. She led the Pharma MS&T organization prior to taking over the leadership of Global Manufacturing Functions, which comprises MS&T, Engineering and Packaging.

Ms Soler Nunez is a Pharmacist by education, with a PhD in Genetics/Molecular Biology.

Warren East

Warren East

Chief Executive Officer

Warren East became Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce in 2015, succeeding John Rishton. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2014 and served as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee.

Prior to joining Rolls-Royce he worked for ARM Holdings plc and was CEO from 2001 to 2013. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on several boards of engineering and technology companies. In 2007, he was named Business Leader of the Year at the National Business Awards and was named in Barron's list of the world's best 30 CEOs in 2011 and 2013. He was awarded a CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list for services to Engineering and Technology.

Mr East is a Chartered Engineer, educated at Oxford and Cranfield Universities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Distinguished Fellow of the BCS. In 2017 he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Neil Young

Neil Young

Group Lead for Advanced Manufacturing & MRO
Babcock International Group

Neil Young is the Engineering & Technology Director within the Energy & Marine sector of Babcock International Group. He also heads up the wider Babcock Group’s Advanced Manufacturing and MRO strategy for the business.

As Engineering Director he is responsible for 600+ engineers with a strong focus on marine systems and ship design in both in-service support and new builds. This is predominantly in the Naval sector, but with a core of framework clients in the commercial sector. The engineering team is spread throughout the UK together with supporting international projects.

In his Technology role, he is also responsible for the Group’s Advanced Manufacturing and MRO strategy. This supports the wider application of technologies to better support Babcock’s customers and the business in the AM industry. He is currently delivering an Innovation Hub into Babcock’s Rosyth Facility which will host Babcock’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre (AMIC) and a Composites Centre of Excellence, incorporating the University of Edinburgh’s FastBlade accelerated fatigue testing facility for tidal blades.

Before joining Babcock Mr Young spent 20 years in the oil and gas industry working globally and delivering 50+ Floating Production Storage and Offloading systems (FPSOs), used for deepwater oil field development. He also managed a technology portfolio with wide-ranging technologies from water treatment, solids transportation, separation and waste to energy. He is a Chemical Engineer by profession and a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers. 

Tim Minshall

Tim Minshall

Head of the Institute of Manufacturing
University of Cambridge

Professor Tim Minshall is the inaugural Dr John C Taylor Professor of Innovation at the University of Cambridge, Head of the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) and Head of the IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM). His research, teaching and engagement activities are focused on the links between manufacturing, innovation, and skills.

Since joining the University of Cambridge in 2002, he has played a very active role in the development of innovation and technology management activities across the University. He also works closely with companies in the Cambridge cluster, the largest and most successful technology cluster in Europe. 

Professor Minshall was appointed as Head of the IfM in 2017 and is a member of the board of directors for IfM Education and Consultancy Services Ltd and St John’s Innovation Centre Ltd, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Technology, Enterprise and Competitiveness (ITEC) at Doshisha University in Japan. He is a member of the IET’s Innovation and Emerging Technologies Policy Panel, and the UK Made Smarter Commission’s Expert Panel.

He is a Fellow of Churchill College Cambridge, where he is also the Director of Innovation and Engineering Outreach. He is a recipient of a University of Cambridge Pilkington Prize for Teaching Excellence and a Royal Academy of Engineering/ExxonMobil Excellence in Teaching Award. He is also actively involved in outreach activities to raise awareness of engineering and manufacturing among primary and secondary school children and their Teachers.

Before joining the University, he was a Project Manager at St John’s Innovation Centre, where he worked on a series of projects to support industry / academic collaboration focused around new technology ventures. Prior to working at St John’s Innovation Centre, he worked as a teacher, consultant, plant engineer and freelance writer in the UK, Australia and Japan. He has B.Eng. from Aston University and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, Department of Engineering.

Marvin Cooke

Marvin Cooke

Senior Vice President - Manufacturing
Toyota Motor Europe

Marvin Cooke is Senior Vice President for Manufacturing at Toyota Motor Europe (TME). He oversees all Toyota’s European Manufacturing Companies, Logistics, Toyota Production System and Production Control functions. Mr Cooke joined Toyota Manufacturing UK as a Manufacturing Engineer in 1991 and held numerous management posts within all vehicle manufacturing areas progressing to Director of Production Operations in 2008.  He spent a year as Director of Production Engineering at Toyota Motor Europe in Brussels during 2011 and returned to Toyota Manufacturing UK as Deputy Managing Director of Vehicle Manufacturing in January 2012.  He then went on to spend two and a half years as Production Vice President at Toyota, Peugeot, Citroen Automobile in the Czech Republic and returned to Toyota Manufacturing UK in 2017 as Managing Director. He assumed his current position as Toyota Motor Europe’s Senior Vice President of Manufacturing in January 2020.

Mr Cooke started his career as an engineering apprentice at Pirelli Tyre Company. During his apprenticeship, he studied at Burton & South Derbyshire College and graduated with an honours degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nottingham Trent University.  After his graduation, he worked as an engineer for Pirelli at both Burton-on-Trent and Carlisle plants. Before joining Toyota, he worked as a consultant engineer within the food and drinks industry.

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.

Kris Kupilas

Kris Kupilas

Digital Transformation Lead, Global R&D
Sylvie Rancon

Sylvie Rancon

SVP HR - Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Sylvie Rancon is the Senior Vice President, Human Resources for the Pharma Supply Chain at GlaxoSmithKline. This represents 30 factories as well as supply chain teams located in more than 50 countries, with approximately 16,000 employees. A member of the GSK HR leadership team, Ms Rancon contributes to the definition of the GSK HR strategy. She also chairs the GSK European Works Council.

Ms Rancon joined GSK in 2009, after having spent 18 years in the oilfield industry. She has had a variety of HR roles in manufacturing, R&D and commercial in international contexts. Originally a Parisian, she moved to London in 2013.

Marek Reichman

Marek Reichman

Executive Vice President & Chief Creative Officer
Aston Martin Lagonda

Marek Reichman joined Aston Martin Lagonda in 2005 and is the Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer responsible for design developments. During his professional career, he has held design roles at Ford, BMW, Land Rover, Rover Cars and Nissan. Prior to joining Aston Martin Lagonda, he was Design Director at Ford North America.

Mr Reichman holds a BA in Industrial Design from Teesside University and an MDes in Vehicle Design from the Royal College of Art, London. In 2011, Mr Reichman received an honorary doctorate from Teesside University.

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.

Lina Huertas

Lina Huertas

Chief Technologist
Manufacturing Technology Centre

Dr Lina Huertas is Chief Technologist for Digital Manufacturing at the Manufacturing Technology Centre, one of the High Value Manufacturing Catapults. Her role focuses on driving the creation of value in the UK through the digitalisation of UK industry. This includes shaping the UK national strategy and policy, defining the High Value Manufacturing Catapult strategy and running the MTC strategy on Digital Manufacturing. 

In recent years, she has formed and led different engineering and technology teams that offer unique capabilities to develop and deliver technology-based solutions for the UK manufacturing sector, including disruptive and innovative demonstrator, frameworks for future skills and business transformation tools. Her experience includes 12 years delivering industrial projects that have generated significant business benefits on the back of digital technologies and a PhD in the application of simulation and informatics solutions to support electronics manufacturing. 

Dr Huertas is a Fellow of the IMechE and has a first class honours degree and a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Rodrigo  Dauster

Rodrigo Dauster

Senior Director - Digital Business Transformation

Rodrigo Dauster’s role is to assess and recommend how Carlsberg can best leverage digital technologies to improve business performance. Since joining Carlsberg, he has focussed on designing and developing digital solutions’ overall equipment effectiveness (with a growing emphasis on advanced analytics) for filling and packaging to increase operator autonomy.

Mr Dauster has an entrepreneurial spirit and a corporate mindset. He has over 25 years' experience in digital technologies at start-ups (MyShowcase, VisualDNA, Gekko, vielife) and strategic consultancies (Booz Allen,, KPMG/Metrius).

Before joining Carlsberg, he co-founded and scaled-up, an award-winning multi-brand, multi-channel beauty e-commerce platform that received several innovation and achievement awards, including being voted the #2 best online beauty retailer in 2014 by The Independent, listed in The Sunday Times' Top 15 Start-Up Fast Track 2015 and winning the 2016 Excellence ("best company") Award from the UK Direct Sales Association.

Mr Dauster holds an MSc in Artificial Intelligence from Brown University in the US and an MBA degree in Business Marketing from INSEAD in France.

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. 

Emmanuel  Abate

Emmanuel Abate

Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
Cytiva (formerly GE Healthcare)

Emmanuel Abate works to bring out the best in his team so they can better serve the scientific community working on the next medical breakthrough. Genomics and Cellular Research comprises lab filtration products, genomics and diagnostics solutions, biomolecular imaging, western blotting consumables and cellular research tools. He also leads the company-wide Corporate Social Responsibility strategy.

Mr Abate’s career began in 1999 with GE Healthcare, where he worked in business development and eBusiness. He earned his MBA in 2004 and joined the Boston Consulting Group from 2004 – 2007, based in Paris. When he returned to GE Healthcare in 2007, he served in product and commercial leadership positions for Interventional Imaging, Women’s Health Imaging, and Radiology. In 2018, he became the General Manager of Genomics and Cellular Research, when the business was part of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, now Cytiva. 

Mr Abate is known for his humble leadership, is inspired by the hundreds of scientists, specialists, and technicians working in on the instruments and consumables used to speed up the development of future diagnostics and therapies. He has a passion for the natural world and in his role as Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, he is driven to make a difference in leading company-wide sustainability initiatives. The role also involves continuous improvement in the way the company looks after customers, associates and enables positive societal change.

Biswaranjan Sen

Biswaranjan Sen

Executive Vice President - Supply Chain

Biswaranjan Sen is a Chemical Engineer by training. He joined Unilever in 1991 and has worked in R&D and across various parts of the Supply Chain including manufacturing, planning, logistics, customer service and procurement. He was a member of the Board of Directors of Unilever Indonesia with responsibility for the Supply Chain between 2009 and 2012.

Following his subsequent roles as Vice President Procurement Chemicals and Vice President Group SC Personal Care, he became an Executive Vice President in Unilever in May 2017. His current role covers responsibility for the Beauty and Personal Care Supply Chain, Engineering and leading the Transformation team. Mr Sen has worked across the world but is now based out of London, UK.

Karen Norheim

Karen Norheim

President & COO
American Crane & Equipment Corporation

Karen Norheim is passionate about all things manufacturing. As the 2nd generation coming into the leadership role for her family’s company, American Crane & Equipment Corporation, she has sought to solidify the “Founder’s Legacy” while putting her own stamp on the company culture. Ms Norheim’s company’s journey to their new mantra – Grit Matters: Perseverance, Heart & Integrity is the reboot of their vision, mission and values. Her role, as she puts it, is that of the gardener as she leads the successful day-to-day operations of American Crane, a 180-person manufacturing facility headquartered in Douglassville, Pennsylvania, into the future. American Crane is recognized as a leader in the design and manufacture of cranes, hoists and other material handling equipment.

Ms Norheim received a dual Bachelor of Science degree in both Marketing & International Business and International Studies from Pennsylvania State University, as well as a Master’s degree in Information Science and an MBA. The work that she has accomplished by mentoring others and promoting the industry has made her a leader in the manufacturing industry in Berks County and beyond. She is a true spokesperson for the great jobs and quality of life that the industry can provide, and she is also a dynamic force when it comes to the immense technology and innovation occurring in manufacturing at a rapid rate. She is an advocate for encouraging young people to consider a career in manufacturing – particularly women. She is a frequent speaker at local schools and professional organizations. 

Graham Budd

Graham Budd

Chief Operating Officer
Katrina Ritchie

Katrina Ritchie

Director of People and Culture

Katrina Ritchie began her career at employee-owned Gripple over 20 years ago in export sales. With an innate understanding of the unique culture and what makes a ‘Gripple person’, she applied for a job as a learning and development coordinator seven years ago. With no experience and no ‘HR’ function in the business, Katrina soon developed the team of two, into what they now know as People and Culture. In 2019, she was appointed as People and Culture Director, the first and only female (so far) on both the UK management board and global executive board.

Ms Ritchie banned the phrase ‘HR’ and now leads a global team of 13 people who are responsible for recruitment, learning and development, leadership and organisational development, employee relations (HR), health and wellbeing and of course embedding the strong company values and culture.

Jim Cafone

Jim Cafone

Vice President - Network Design & Performance for Supply Chain

Jim Cafone started his career with Ford Motor Company as a Design Engineer (1988 – 1990). He then moved to Coopers & Lybrand as a Senior Manufacturing Consultant (1990 – 1993). In 1993, he moved to Wyeth Pharmaceuticals where he held senior positions in the Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Information Technology, and Logistics functions. His last role at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals was V.P. Manufacturing & Supply for the European, Middle East, Africa region. This included the direct line management of five manufacturing plants and forty-five contract manufacturing organizations.

In 2009, Mr Cafone came to Pfizer as VP of Supply Network Services responsible for global trade compliance, logistics information systems, and “last mile” Market operations processes and systems. In 2014, he was appointed VP of Network Supply Operations responsible for the worldwide demand and supply planning, inventory management, performance measurement, supply chain planning, and global customs compliance for the Consumer Health, Vaccine, Oncology, Innovative and Generic business units. In 2019, he was appointed to his current role as VP of Network Design & Performance. He is responsible for business development, manufacturing network strategy, product sourcing, the Pfizer Lean Production System (IMEx), and enterprise supply analytics and reporting. He is also responsible for the innovation and recognition programs for Pfizer Global Supply’s 30,000 employees.

Mr Cafone holds a B.S. Industrial Engineering, and an M.S. Manufacturing Engineering, from the University of Rhode Island. In addition, he holds an M.S. Technology Management, from the University of Pennsylvania, College of Engineering and the Wharton Business School.

Ian  Green

Ian Green

Senior Manager - Nissan Skills Foundation

Ian Green has worked for Nissan for 29 years and is currently the Section Manager for NMUK Process & Technical Training, GTC – UK and Nissan Skills Foundation. For NMUK this covers all training from supervisory development through to specialist engineering and maintenance provision. The global training centre covers basic and advanced manufacturing and supervisory skills for Africa, India and Europe. Mr Green was responsible for the training of all staff during the setup and launch of new car plants in St Petersburg, Russia and Chennai, India.

Mr Green is also proudly responsible for the Nissan Skills Foundation which has been established to raise interest in STEM subjects in primary, secondary and tertiary schools and raise the aspirations of local youngsters to show that social issues, economic background and gender are not barriers to a potential career in engineering and manufacturing. It was also established to engage with the broader community in the North East of England.

He has an MSC in Human Resources and is actively involved in promoting education and skills for Nissan at both a regional level and national level. This was recognised in 2018 when he was picked as a top 20 Exemplar in the Manufacturing magazines Top100 list. He started off in school governance as he wanted to take an active role in his sons’ education but carried this on beyond him being in school. He is passionate about giving young people the best possible chances and to help schools to do this.

Ernest Debets

Ernest Debets

Vice President - Information Technology & Digitalisation
e.GO Mobile

Ernest Debets has been Vice President of Information Technology and Digitalization at e.GO Mobile AG since January 2018. He is responsible for developing corporate IT strategies and executing technology initiatives such as the application of Industry 4.0 in e.GO’s Smart Factory, the Internet of Production Architecture, the implementation of Digital Twins and the application of augmented reality at e.GO Mobile, its subsidiaries and joint ventures.

He joined e.GO from Siemens where he held the position of Global Senior Director of Sales Engineering for the PLM division. Prior to joining Siemens in 2015, Mr Debets was the Divisional Vice President of Sales Engineering and Managing Director EMEA of PTC. PTC, headquartered in Boston, MA is a technology and innovation leader specialized in providing software solutions for manufacturers to develop, manufacture, operate and service products. PTC also offers a suite of Internet of Things solutions that enables its customers to connect, manage and analyze data. Mr Debets holds an academic degree in Software Engineering and started his career in software development at TRW.

Mahesh Ramanujam

Mahesh Ramanujam

President & CEO
U.S. Green Building Council

Mahesh Ramanujam is proving that building a more sustainable world is no longer a dream, but a global evolution. As president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Green Business Certification, Inc. (GBCI), he leads a community of 13 million people that’s growing every day.

A graduate from India’s Annamalai University with a degree in Computer Engineering, Mr Ramanujam couples a strong background in technology and innovation with his goal of building healthier communities and democratizing sustainable living.

Mr Ramanujam serves on numerous boards and advisory committees, including Bank of America’s National Community Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of GRESB, a private organization wholly owned by GBCI and that is the leading sustainability standard for global real estate portfolios and infrastructure assets.

Before becoming President and CEO of USGBC, he served as both the organization’s COO and CIO. Prior to joining GBCI in 2009, he was COO of Emergys Corp., and for more than a decade, he successfully led various business transformation programs at IBM and Lenovo.

Transformative thought programs, partnerships, and initiatives continue to be at the heart of Mr Ramanujam’s work today. He leads hundreds of employees and thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly as the backbone of the green building movement. He believes that sustainable living is not just about the physical building and rebuilding of our communities, but ultimately about our willingness to reimagine the way we treat each other. He envisions a world where construction is as much about compassion as it is about the convenience and efficiency of the structures themselves. And most importantly, behind every strategy, he emphasizes our universal responsibility to prioritize health and wellness, to make a commitment to the longevity of our planet, and to create a better quality of life for ourselves and future generations.


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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.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Executive News Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Dan 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.

Dan 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.


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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.

Advisory Board 2020 (11)

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.

Dan Thomas

Dan Thomas

Executive News Editor
Financial Times

Dan Thomas has been the Financial Times’ Executive News Editor since August 2018. Dan 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.

Dan 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.

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.

Alexandra Bolton

Alexandra Bolton

Executive Director
Centre for Digital Built Britain

Alexandra Bolton has been CDBB's Executive Director since the Centre came to Cambridge in August 2017. Most recently, she has held roles within the Department of Engineering at the University of Cambridge. Previously, she has worked in industry and the City, including as an oil trader for a world-leading commodities house, and as a chemical engineer for one of the oil majors. She holds degrees in both Chemical Engineering and Law.

Graham Budd

Graham Budd

Chief Operating Officer
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.

Greg Conary

Greg Conary

Vice President, Group Strategy and Government Affairs
Schneider Electric
John Rundle

John Rundle

Group Head of Quality Assurance

John Rundle is the Group Head of Quality Assurance for the Centrica group based in Windsor. He joined Centrica in 2017 bringing over 30 years of experience in global supply chain management, manufacturing and quality from major household names such as Nokia, BlackBerry, Dyson and General Electric.

Currently working within the Technology, Engineering and Innovation teams, Mr Rundle is leading a culture shift in response to changing energy sector requirements, complex supply chains and customer demands. His early career started with a curiosity and passion for manufacturing and process. He was always taking things apart and wondering ‘how did they do that’? Technology and technology integration to product were his career drivers with significant contribution to the successful development and launch of flagship products in consumer markets.

Real success, he believes, lies in people and enablement allowing innovation and growth. During his Telecom’s years from 1998 – 2013 he worked extensively across South East Asia and the Americas leading teams, suppliers and manufacturers through change and notable performance improvement.

After being nominated by Nokia and BlackBerry for significant contribution to business and culture, Mr Rundle then went on to join James Dyson in Wiltshire and GE Aviation in Hampshire to manage their cross-business supply chain challenges.

Outside of his professional career, John is a coach at the Reading Rowing Club working with an excellent team of volunteers to support Juniors getting on the water and enjoying a great, competitive sport.

Vikram Singla

Vikram Singla

Strategy Director, Manufacturing Sector

Vikram is strategy director for the manufacturing sector in UK. He helps business leaders leverage technology to deliver better outcomes for their organisations. He has over 20 years’ experience in the technology sector, including deploying Supply Chain transformation programmes for Fortune 500 firms. One of his initial assignment was to build digital factory models to drive capital investment decisions at an automotive major. He is big advocate of design thinking as a structured approach to manage cultural change and align the organisation around the customer.

He is currently responsible for defining and executing the go-to-market strategy for Oracle Cloud including emerging technologies. Vikram has an MBA from Warwick Business School and graduated from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) Delhi, India.

Nick Leeder

Nick Leeder

VP - Digital Transformation Solutions
Sanjay Chawla

Sanjay Chawla

Head of Manufacturing
PA Consulting

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