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Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

22-23 September 2022

The first day of the Symposium programme consists of presentations by leading industrialists on the overall theme of the Symposium. The second day comprises a mixture of keynote academic presentations and research papers in several parallel interest streams.

Keynote speakers include:

John Allaway, VP Global Supply Chain Performance, Schneider Electric

30 years of experience covering a broad array of manufacturing disciplines, supply chain positions, domains and technologies including digitisation. A journey that started on the factory floor and progressed through various leadership roles being consistently associated with transformation, performance and change management. Vast international experience gained since close to 20 years.

Edward Anderson, Professor for Management of Innovative Technology, University of Texas McCombs School of Business

Edward Anderson is Mr. and Mrs. William F. Wright, Jr. Centennial Professor for Management of Innovative Technology at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business. His research focuses on supply chain innovation, the economics of platform system design, and distributed product development. His current projects focus on the structure of business-to-business platforms as well as the role of government policy in supply chain resilience.

Sheena Behn, VP V&I Supply Chain and VP, TA Supply Oncology, AstraZeneca

Sheena Behn is an established global leader in the Pharmaceutical Industry with significant supply chain, manufacturing and development experience and expertise. She has worked at AstraZeneca for 25 years.

Sheena is currently VP Vaccine and Immune Therapies Supply Chain and VP for Oncology Supply, based in Cambridge, UK.

She was previously based in Gothenburg as VP R&D Supply Chain (2012-2014) running the global group for Clinical Supply at AZ; and before that VP for Wuxi Manufacturing site for 3 years, based in China (2010-2012).

Sheena is a Pharmacist who started her career working in London hospitals, before working in pharmaceutical development with GSK and then AZ before joining Operations in 2007.

Per Berggren, Manufacturing Development Manager, IKEA Industry

Per Berggren is the Manufacturing Development Manager at IKEA Industry. In this function his responsibilities include Manufacturing Strategy, Footprint, Business Development, M&A, Product development, R&D, Technology, IT and Sustainability. IKEA Industry is IKEA’s manufacturing branch operating 38 plants across 8 countries and employing some 18 000 coworkers. Per has experience from SCM and Manufacturing where he has been running operations in a number of countries as well as headed global business units.

Per holds a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Management and is an alumnus of INSEAD and Wharton.

Alok Choudhary, Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Head of the Supply Chain Research Group at WMG, University of Warwick

Dr Alok Choudhary is a Professor of Supply Chain Management and the Head of the Supply Chain Research Group at WMG, University of Warwick. His research has engaged and delivered significant impact on industries from various sectors and addressed challenges related to sustainability (ESG, net-zero and circular economy), resilience and digital transformation in supply chain and logistics. He has led several national and multi-national projects funded by the EU (EuropeAid, FP7, H2020), UKRI (EPSRC, ESRC and RED) and British Council. He has authored/co-authored over 115 research publications. Recently, Alok served as a panel member of REF2021 Subpanel as a supply chain management expert. He also leads the UK Forum for Supply Chain Sustainability. Before this role, Alok was a Professor of supply chain management at Loughborough University and a Director of the Logistics and Supply Chain Programme at The University of Sheffield. 

Liam Constable, Director, Last Mile (Europe), Amazon

Liam Constable is an experienced senior leader in Logistics and Supply Chain management with a career spanning e-com, retail and aviation markets. Since graduating from the Bath University School of Management he has specialised in the leadership of business launch, change management and high growth environments, working at DHL, The London Olympic Games, and Innocent Drinks. Liam joined Amazon in 2017 to lead the launch of their B2C Shipping product into the European Market and currently leads Amazon's Last-Mile delivery product.

Maxence de Dreuille, Vice President, Grundfos Group Supply Chain

In his role, Maxence is leading the Group Supply Chain team working closely together with the business Divisions in ensuring the end-to-end supply chain creating a competitive advantage for our customers, while ensuring a stronger resilience, a greater focus on sustainability and an increased focus on digital and smart value added services.

Maxence is an international leader with a broad experience including supply chain, manufacturing, purchasing and operations strategy.  Before joining Grundfos he was Vice President for Global Manufacturing at ITRON, an American technology company that offers products and services on energy and water resource management.

Prior to a great career in ITRON, Maxence held several key positions in General Motors and Valeo.

He holds a Master of Engineering from ISAT, a master’s degree in business administration from NYIT and an APICS Supply Chain professional certification.

Arnoud De Meyer

Arnoud De Meyer is a global academic leader with more than 35 years of experience in international academic institutions in Europe and Asia. Until December 2018, he served as President of Singapore Management University (SMU). Before joining SMU, Arnoud De Meyer was Director of the Cambridge Judge Business School at the University and a faculty member at INSEAD where he assumed several management positions, among others as founding dean of INSEAD’s Asia campus in Singapore.

He is an internationally recognised researcher in the areas of R&D and Innovation Management, Manufacturing Strategy and International Management. He published more than 100 academic articles and 12 books, most recently “Ecosystem Edge: Sustaining Competitiveness in the Face of Disruption” and “Building Excellence in Higher Education: Singapore’s Experience”.

Arnoud De Meyer served as an independent director of several companies and non-profit organisations in Belgium, France, Singapore and Australia. Currently he is the chair of the Temasek sponsored “Stewardship Asia Centre” (Singapore),  independent director of Viva Energy Australia and the Banyan Tree Group, non-executive director of upGrad Private Education and member of Hong Kong’s University Grants Committee.

Kasra Ferdows, Heisely Family Chair Professor of Global Manufacturing at Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business

Kasra Ferdows Heisley Family Chair Professor of Global Manufacturing and Professor of Operations and Analytics at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. Before Georgetown he taught at INSEAD and, as a visiting faculty, at Harvard, Stanford, and Melbourne Business Schools. He is a life-time Fellow and former President of the Production and Operations Management Society and a Fellow of the European Operations Management Association and past acting dean of the McDonough School of Business. His primary area of research is management of global production and supply chain networks. He has published widely in academic journals, books, and other outlets and has written award-winning cases.

Haydn Powell, Director, Digital Manufacturing and Supply Management Strategy Advanced Components and Systems Division, Caterpillar Inc.

Haydn Powell is recognized in his field as a strategic leader and an accomplished practitioner with deep expertise in manufacturing operations, industry 4.0, and supply chain management. He is currently responsible for component manufacturing and operations strategy at Caterpillar Inc. During his career, he has been involved in research and development of advanced manufacturing technology and has extensive experience in industry technology transfer, working in the European automotive sector for Automobiles Citroen, Peugeot, Jaguar Cars, and Ford Motor Company, and off-highway manufacturing in the United States. Haydn graduated from the University of Coventry UK, specializing in materials science, he held an appointment as Industrial Research Fellow in materials management and logistics strategy at Cambridge University UK, teaching post-graduates.

Satpinder Sidhu, WW Director - Operational Technology, BD

Satpinder Sidhu (Sid) is WW Director of Operational Technology and is responsible for orchestrating digital transformation across 90+ global BD manufacturing sites with vision, strategy, and roadmap. He manages Operational Technology (OT) Center of Excellence to deliver cybersecure innovative digital solutions for supply chain sustainability and growth.

Kai Sträter, Head of Strategic Semiconductor Management, Porsche

Dr. Kai Sträter is the Head of Strategic Semiconductor Management at Dr.-Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG in Stuttgart, Germany. In his function he is driving the automotive paradigm shift in supply chain management for electronic components and semiconductors. He is also the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) spokesperson at the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA) regarding the semiconductor topic.

Before engaging in semiconductor management, Kai held several positions within purchasing for various commodities including specialized project management. In his last function he led purchasing projects and supplier management at Bentley Motors Ltd. In Crewe, U.K., for over three years until 2019.

Kai holds a Diploma of Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen (RWTH). He received his Doctoral Engineering Degree from the Technical University of Berlin (TU).

Ann Vereecke, Faculty Dean / Professor, Operations and Supply Chain Management, Vlerick Business School

Ann teaches Operations and Supply Chain Management in the MBA and Master programmes at Vlerick Business School. She is actively involved in executive teaching and in research projects for a broad range of companies (such as Aliaxis, AB Inbev, Bekaert, Bostik, Carrefour, Corus, Etex, Goodman, Imperial Tobacco, Johnson & Johnson, Möbius Consulting, PWC, SAS, Tessenderlo Group, Umicore, YKK, Steinhoff and PostNl). She has been visiting Professor in Operations Management at Rotterdam School of Management.

She has served on the board of POMS (the US-based Production and Operations management society) and has been president of EurOMA (European Operations Management Association) and Vice President of VIL (Flanders Institute for Logistics). She also serves on the board of the food company Ter Beke.

22-23 September 2022

Reconfiguring global supply chains in the face of continued disruption: towards new design rules and capabilities

The annual Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium is the chance to hear from world-leading business figures and thinkers on the challenges facing modern manufacturing. It is a unique event that brings together senior industrialists and leading academics to share approaches and experiences in this strategic domain.