Navigating Global Transformation — Are you on course?

The 2018 presentations focus on the rapidly approaching technological innovations and disruptions that could directly affect your organization’s business model and bottom line.

Confirmed presenters are included below. The full program is currently under development and is subject to change.

Sailing into the Future –Are you ready to lift anchor?

9 a.m. Keynote: New Technologies and Their Impact on World of Cleaning
João Benjamin Parolin, CEO, Oxiteno, Brazil
9:45 a.m. Question and Answer Period
10 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Keynote: No Ordinary Disruption: Global Business and Economic Trends
Sree Ramaswamy, Partner, McKinsey & Company, USA
The scale and pace of economic change over the past 30 years is historically unprecedented. As changes in technological and demographic trends continue to accelerate, businesses need more external focus, greater agility and strategies for growth, rather than defense. Discover how to build a more effective strategy for this necessary growth in your business.
11:15 a.m. What the Membership Economy Means For Fabric and Home Care Manufacturers
Robbie Kellman Baxter, Principal, Peninsula Strategies, LLC, USA
In The Membership Economy, the moment of transaction is the start, not the finish line. The membership mindset has transformed industries from automotive to software, from media to retail and is now disrupting consumer products and home goods. By focusing on the long term relationship with your customers as you develop new offerings, you can create a competitive advantage and customer loyalty that is hard to break.
11:45 a.m. Question and Answer Period
Noon Lunch
1:30 p.m. Who Really Wants to Wash Clothes? Trends and Perspective of the Out-of-Home Laundry Dynamics
Sundar Raman, General Manager for Fabric Care, The Procter & Gamble Company, USA
2:00 p.m. The Future of Robotics in Home Cleaning
Aparna Aswani, Director, Global Communications & Digital Marketing, Neato Robotics, Inc., USA
2:30 p.m. Question and Answer Period
2:45 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m. Revolutionizing the Laundry and Dry Cleaning Industry to Keep Pace With Modern Consumer Needs
Florian Färber, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Zipjet, Germany
Explore perspectives on the future of laundry and dry cleaning. Learn how ZipJet, a premium app-based laundry, ironing and dry-cleaning service, was built within 63 days. Gain further insights into how technology keeps operations running smoothly.
3:45 p.m. Home of the Future
Zeynep Yalım Uzun, Chief Marketing Officer, Arçelik A.Ş., Turkey
What does the home of the future look like? Explore digital transformations of products and services, sustainable living and connected appliances.
4:15 p.m. The Digital Future of Biotechnology Innovation
Claus Crone Fuglsang, Senior Vice President, Research & Technology, Novozymes A/S, Denmark
Explore the democratization of biotechnology science, the effect of automation and digitalization on biotech research and the continued importance of subject matter expertise.
4:45 p.m. Question and Answer Period

Delivering with Agility and Digitization — Are you up to speed?

9 a.m. Keynote: Thriving through Disruption and Leading Change: The Challenges of the Home Care Industry
Madhu Rao, Executive Vice President, Home and Hygiene, Unilever, UK
9:45 a.m. Question and Answer Period
10 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Digital Supply Chain: Connecting Customers, Suppliers and Providers
Kevin Fenton, Managing Director, Accenture, USA
11 a.m. Opportunities and Risks of Digitalization in the Process Industry
Yves Gorat Stommel, Director of Business Development and Innovation, Evonik Corporation, USA
11:30 a.m. The Future of Supply Chain Leveraging Digital Technologies
Yannis Skoufalos, Global Product Supply Officer, The Procter & Gamble Company, USA
Digital technologies are transforming supply chains while radically changing the way we do business. Supply chains are far more efficient and agile than ever before, and full implementation requires an end-to-end ecosystem. Discuss and discover how new digital supply systems will enable personalization, efficient distribution and true direct-to-consumer business models in the not-too-distant future.
Noon Question and Answer Period
12:15 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning
Thotakura Kishore, Vice President, IoT and Analytics, Lochbridge, A DMI Company, USA
2 p.m. Hopping: How Digitalization Allows Incumbents to Expand Across the Value Chain and Establish Direct Customer Relationships
Olaf Acker, Partner, PwC Strategy&, Germany
Stable value chains are under constant threat of new entrants joining and expanding customer relationships, but incumbents have the best data and capabilities to compete and defend their turfs — they "just" have to use it wisely. Hear examples of incumbents influencing customer preferences and growing their business through direct customer relationship building. Gain knowledge that you can apply directly to your work.
2:30 p.m. What to do When your Marketing Doesn’t Work Anymore
Jamie Turner, Internationally-recognized Author, CNN contributor and CEO of 60 Second Marketer, USA
TV viewership is down 16% across the board. 40% of the laptops in the U.S. have an ad blocker installed. And the average click through rate on a banner ad is just 0.05%. When you add it all up, it’s bad news for most brands – unless you employ some of the techniques outlined in this fun, action-oriented, and information-packed session.
3 p.m. Question and Answer Period
3:15 p.m. Break
3:45 p.m. Efficient Innovation with Digitally Augmented Detergency Experimentation
Rodrigo Olmedo, Director-General, CONSUMERTEC, Ecuador
Gain insights into innovation efficiency, consumer relevant in-silico experimentation and detergency with massive time and cost reductions.
4:15 p.m. Lifestyle Digitalization and the Value of Toiletry Technology – The Role of Toiletry Technology in Digitalizing Household Life
Tomomichi Okano, Executive Officer, Executive General Manager of Production Engineering Research Headquarters, Lion Corporation, Japan
Digitalization is changing household life and the toiletries industry has the opportunity to offer new value. Discover ways in which technologies and products can be used to facilitate real communication.
4:45 p.m. Illusion 4.0: Production's Digital Wrong Turn
Andreas Syska, Professor of Production Management, Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Explore industrial revolutions, from the steam engine to IoT. Discuss Industry 4.0 — the burden of exaggerated expectations and how production of the future is much more than Industry 4.0.
5:15 p.m. Question and Answer Period

Growing Responsibly — Are you above board?

9 a.m. Keynote: Connecting With Care: Human-Centric Innovation Across the Industry
Michitaka Sawada, President & CEO, Kao Corporation, Japan
More and more people are now seeking meaningful engagement with society. As an industry that is so close to the consumer, how can we leverage the power of human-centric innovation to promote such engagement and advance more fulfilling lifestyles?
9:45 a.m. Question and Answer Period
10 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m. Innovating for the Next Seven Generations
Joey Bergstein, CEO, Seventh Generation, USA
Gain insights into why creating sustainable products is critical and the power of leading with your values.
11 a.m. More Plastics in the Oceans Than Fishes by 2050 — A Solvable Task?
Daniel Maga, Head of Sustainability and Resource Management, Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology UMSICHT, Germany
Do growing markets mean growing problems for plastics? Explore the environmental fate and impact of plastics as well as micro- and macro-plastic sources and emissions.
11:30 a.m. Not Just for Granola Anymore: The Consumer Surge for Natural and Organic Products in the Cleaning Aisle — It’s Real, but What do These Consumers Really Want?
Todd Wichmann, President, CEO & Founder, HealthPro Brands Inc., USA
Consumers can have a hard time articulating what "natural" means to them; it can be complicated, and there is more than one answer! Take the time to explore related topics during this presentation, including brand equity vs. certification equity — which is more important for these consumers? What does the surge for "natural" products mean for the global cleaning industry?
Noon Working Towards the New Plastics Economy
Gary Crawford, Vice President of International Affairs, Veolia, France
12:30 p.m. Question and Answer Period
12:45 p.m. Closing Comments