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Cambridge International Manufacturing Symposium

17 and 18 September 2020

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Keynote Speakers

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.

Our 2019 keynote speakers were:


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IKEA Industry 4.0: From development to pilot

Per Berggren is the Industrial Strategy Manager at IKEA Industry. In this function his responsibilities include Manufacturing Strategy, Footprint, M&A, Product development, R&D, Technology, IT, Business Processes and Sustainability. IKEA Industry is IKEA’s manufacturing branch operating 40 plants across 10 countries and employing some 20 000 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.

Read our interview with Per Berggren - Thinking end-to-end to find better ways to build customer loyalty: IKEA’s digital journey

Haydn Powell

Digital Order-to-delivery: Transformation of an entire multi-tier supply network

Haydn Powell, Director, Digital Manufacturing and Supply Management Strategy, Advanced Components and Systems Division, Caterpillar Inc, has over 30 years of experience in manufacturing engineering, operations and supply chain management. He has published over 25 technical papers and is a member of several national and international committees and technical organizations.  He is the inventor of a number of patents in inventory management and currently leads the digital manufacturing and supply management strategy for Caterpillar’s Advanced Components Manufacturing Division.  Prior to joining Caterpillar Haydn was involved in research and the application of welding and joining process technologies at The Welding Institute (UK) and has over 15 years of experience working in the European automotive industry with Automobiles Citroen, Peugeot, Jaguar Cars and Ford Motor Company.  Haydn graduated from the University of Coventry, UK with a bachelor’s Degree in Materials Science and held an appointment as Industrial Research Fellow in Materials Management and Logistics Strategy at Cambridge University UK during his tenure at Jaguar Cars.

Read our interview with Haydn Powell - Keeping connected: Progressing through digitalisation, with a focus on connecting the ecosystem


Maarten Tibosch, COO, has 20 years of working experience in the manufacturing industry fulfilling global operations roles in almost every part of the supply chain. He worked as consultant for PwC developing and implementing SCM and IT solutions for companies like Johnson & Johnson. He lived in Brazil for Philips Consumer Electronics as General Manager Operations & Service Latin America restructuring successfully the supply chain and aftersales service. He worked 9 years for LEGO in Denmark, in his last role as head of Value Chain Innovation and member of corporate management. Within this role he was responsible for the LEGO Group operating model with the strategic objective to drive innovation in operations and secure a lean execution. This included the management of the operations project portfolio and implementation of the required new supply chain capabilities. It allowed LEGO to grow double digits both revenue and profit. Presently he is the COO of A leading online retailer in the Netherlands. He is as COO responsible for warehouse & distribution, supply chain management, operational excellence, customer service, supplier management and innovation in operations. Next to this he is also engaged in new business development for the group creating network partnerships along the retail value chain leveraging e-fulfillment capabilities, shared supply base, and fintech payment services.

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Supply Chain Transformation in Unilever

Biswaranjan Sen, Executive Vice President Supply Chain, Head of Beauty and Personal Care Supply Chain, Supply chain Digital Transformation and Engineering and Planning, Unilever 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.

He has been an Executive Vice President in Unilever since May 2017 and his role currently covers responsibility for the Beauty and Personal Care Supply Chain, Engineering and leading the Transformation team. He was VP Group SC Personal Care before his current appointment and prior to his responsibilities with Personal Care, he was Vice President Procurement Chemicals.

Bish has worked across the world but is now based out of London, UK.

Sophia Velagtegui

Sophia Velastegui is the General Manager in AI Products + Search in Microsoft. Her core responsibilities include managing Microsoft AI Product and Search Product portfolio and partnership. She continues to drive strategic initiatives with key partners for shared benefits on their platform and Microsoft AI platform. Ms. Velastegui serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council and as an Industry Strategy Officer leveraging her expertise in AI and emerging technology since 2018. Before joining Microsoft, she served as Doppler Lab’s Chief Product Officer where she defined a new product category and created the world 1st smart earbuds that leveraged machine learning to enhance how people experience sound and help people hear better. During her time there, Doppler was the technical advisor to the “OTC Hearing Aid Act of 2017” spearheaded and passed by Senator Warren and Senator Grassley. She headed Google/Nest’s Silicon/Architecture Roadmap team where she scaled the organization from startup to growth business unit after Google acquisition. Previously at Apple, she led the “Think Tank” Program Management and Laptop/Special Projects Product group. Prior to Apple, Ms. Velastegui increased her knowledge of technology and product development through a variety of roles at ETM, and Applied Materials. She serves on Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering and Create X incubator boards and as a board director on Elwrn and held advisor role for the South Korean President Jae In Moon’s Labor dept from candidancy to presidency.

Ms. Velastegui is widely recognized technology and industry leader who advocates diversity in technology and leadership. She has received numerous recognition and awards for her contributions to technology including being recognized by Business Insider’s Most Powerful Female Engineers in the World for her work in advance technology at Google and then again for her work in AI at Microsoft. Ms. Velastegui received the prestigious Lumiere Distinguished Leadership Award from the Advanced Imaging Society for innovation and technical impact in advancing entertainment and media industries.

Ms. Velastegui received a BS in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in Materials from Georgia Tech. She earned her MS from UC Berkeley in Mechanical Engineering. She completed executive education programs from Stanford Law School and Harvard Business School.

Frank Wagner

Global Operations Optimization: Footprint, Automation, and Digitization

Frank Wagner, formerly SVP Global Manufacturing Operations at Electrolux, is a global manufacturing executive that has led manufacturing, supply chain and quality globally for three major corporations.  His last global role was with Electrolux Corporation where he was the first global leader of manufacturing operations for the $16B company which consisted of 35 facilities in 13 countries with over 37,000 employees. In this newly formed role, he created a consistent operations structure across this new team including a defined lean program, metrics, optimal plant layouts, and equipment suppliers. After completing the core structure, he engaged the Cambridge IfM team to develop an optimized global manufacturing footprint including core non-core analysis at the product and process levels. He leveraged this new structure to drive significant results including the company’s highest ever quality level of 95%, reduced manufacturing energy consumed per product by 47%, and reduced manufacturing cost per product by 25%.

Prior to Electrolux, Frank was the global leader of manufacturing, supply chain, quality and purchasing for the Store Systems Division of NCR.  In his previous role, he had the same scope as the leader of the Garrett Turbocharger Division of Honeywell.  He began his career with IBM where he started as an engineer and progressed to plant manager in the personal computer division.

Frank holds an MBA from Duke University, and a Masters and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.


Geoffrey Parker

Reshaping the supply chain through digital platforms – implications for firms, consumers and society

Geoffrey Parker is a professor of engineering at Dartmouth College where he also serves as Director of the Master of Engineering Management Program. In addition, he is a research fellow at MIT’s Initiative for the Digital Economy where he leads platform industry research studies and co-chairs the annual MIT Platform Strategy Summit. He received a B.S.E. from Princeton and M.S. and Ph.D. from MIT. Parker has made significant contributions to the field of network economics and strategy as co-developer of the theory of “two-sided” markets. He is co-author of the book “Platform Revolution.” His current research includes studies of platform business strategy, data governance, distributed energy resource integration, and electronic healthcare record systems. Parker’s research has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the states of Louisiana and New York, and numerous corporations.  He serves or has served as department editor and associate editor at multiple journals and as a National Science Foundation panelist. Parker is a frequent keynote speaker and advises senior leaders on their organizations’ platform strategies. Before attending MIT, he held positions in engineering and finance at GE. Additional information can be found at, @g2parker, and Google Scholar

Read our interview with Geoff Parker - How digital platforms are changing the way we do business

Professor Lenny Koh

Designing and manufacturing for sustainability: SCEnAT Life Cycle Platform

Professor Lenny Koh is the Founder and Director of the Advanced Resource Efficiency Centre (AREC) and a senior management of the Energy Institute at The University of Sheffield. Her work contributes to advancing the understanding and resolution of complex supply chain using interdisciplinary approaches crossing supply chain management and information systems domains across industry. Her research is world leading and is recognised for its scientific novelty and has generated significant impacts for society, government and industry from manufacturing to services. This includes the pioneering of digital Cloud based tools (SCEnAT suites) that support transformation of supply chain towards resource efficiency and sustainability; and infusing and digitising supply chain life cycle thinking across sectors, technologies and systems. She is an advisor and on the Board of diverse organisations, such as a Board member of the Sustainability Partnership and BSI on sustainability/resource efficiency. She has established strategic partnerships with industry leaders from automotive to digital sectors on supply chain sustainability and digital transformation, and work closely with the Transport Systems Catapult on intelligent mobility.