CRIS BESWICK | JEF STAES |
Originally trained as a product & industrial designer, Cris spent over a decade as a successful entrepreneur & CEO building an award-winning design group.
He is now a strategic advisor on innovation, recognised globally as a thought leader on innovation strategy, leadership and culture and has helped some of the world’s most ambitious CEOs, visionary leaders, Fortune 500 companies and Governments solve their most complex innovation challenges, develop game-changing innovation capability and build a culture of innovation.
Based in London but working internationally Cris is a Visiting Fellow and Professor at several of the world’s leading Business Schools and a regular keynote speaker at global innovation conferences.
Cris is also the author of the book, ‘The Road to Innovation’ and co-author of ‘Building a Culture of Innovation’, an amazon bestseller and voted one of the CMI’s top books on innovation in 2017.
He is also the co-founder of innovation thought leadership website ‘The Future Shapers’, which brings together a global network of innovation experts, thinkers and practitioners to provide world-class perspectives on the challenges of driving innovation in a VUCA world.
Jef is an authority on learning processes and innovative organizations. He has 25 years of professional experience as Training Manager and Corporate Learning Officer. Today, Jef is an international keynote speaker and four-time TEDx Speaker.
Jef is a passionate and inspirational keynote speaker. His various stories about innovation and change are guaranteed eye-openers. His thoughts on business and education have inspired many.
Jef Staes is the author of the bestselling book: “My Organization is a Jungle”. Through the use of a rich vocabulary and exciting metaphors, he truly engages you in the story of the Red Monkey.
Marc Buckley’s mission is to empower billions of global citizens to live an Adaptive Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability.
He is striving to reform the agriculture, food, and beverage industry by showing entrepreneurs how to build and grow resilient, sustainable, and profitable businesses. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of ANJA GmbH & Co. KG and the ALOHAS ECO-Center, a sustainable food and beverage production company, that creates renewable energy and resources without fossil fuels, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste. As an expert for sustainable development, he consults companies in their renewable transition with specialization in innovative systems, recycling, packaging, organics, raw, and vegan products.
Marc has spoken internationally on climate change and green business; which includes several TEDx talks.
He is a Resilient Sustainable Futurist and Professor for the Green Brand Academy, who holds the role as Germany and Austria Country Coordinator for Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.
Marc is a serial entrepreneur and has been involved in many companies as well as several international family businesses. He comes from five generations of German organic farmers and three generations of European Hydroponic Agronomists.
Marc is a Systems Thinker and Dynamic Systems Modeler with a deep understanding of the Exponential Function, Science, and Maths. He is a Blue Economy developer who graduated Summa Cum Laude and has completed degrees at the several institutions.
Jeffrey Baumgartner is the author of the innovation books, ‘The Way of the Innovation Master’ and ‘Anticonventional Thinking – the Creative Alternative to Brainstorming’ as well as the science fiction-humour novel, ‘The Insane Journey’ and the literary hack, ‘The Adventures of Felicity Holmes’. He also writes, Report 103, the web’s longest running blog or newsletter on innovation (since 2004).
Jeffrey has an intense interest in the creative process. Frustrated by the ubiquitousness in the business world of brainstorming, a processes proven to be ineffective at producing creative ideas, he developed anticonventional thinking (ACT), a method based on research and modeled after the approach artists take to creative projects.
Having led an eclectic, international life rich in experiences Jeffrey is not a typical corporate innovation consultant. Jeffrey’s past lives include being a teacher of English, a copywriter, a magazine columnist and an entrepreneur in the USA, UK, Portugal, Germany, Thailand and Belgium. He launched one of Thailand’s first web and multimedia development companies in 1994. In the early 2000s he advised the European Commission on promoting e-commerce to EU companies. In 2004 he launched Jenni idea management software, an innovation tool used by companies in Europe, North America, Australia and Africa.
“My dream: turning the mega-challenges of our times into opportunities for future progress and prosperity in society by creating novel value chains capable to bring better lives for the billions. Also I’d love to change public perception about the capabilities of the earth by using the disruptive power of innovation.”
Thimo’s special interest areas are frontier science and impact innovations. He is passionate about the creation of social action and societal impact by applying purpose-driven tech innovations to the world’s biggest challenges. He sees his role in the transformation of business excellence into the non-profit sector and in the connection of pioneering ideas to power, knowledge, and funding.
He holds Master degrees in Business Management and Genetic Engineering from Kitakyushi University (Japan), Bloomington University (USA), the University of Greenwich (London, UK) and the Steinbeis University (Berlin). He is also a carpenter by training.
Ms Hernandez joined Vodafone in 2012 as the head of supply chain radio access at the Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC) in Luxembourg.
In 2015, she was promoted to Group supply chain commercial and services director and was responsible for expenditure across all operating companies. She also was a member of the Board of Directors of the VPC.
Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of Vodafone Germany and Kabel Deutschland.
Prior to joining Vodafone, she worked for Siemens Mobile Communications and was in charge of global sales account management for international accounts such as Telefonica and Telecom Italia.
Marc Anthony is the Research Coordinator of ASTREA – the Astrionics Research Group of the University of Malta that is currently developing Malta’s first spacecraft.
He began his career soon after his first degree with a brief stint at STMicroelectronics, working on automotive electronic products. His thirst for knowledge and the desire to apply it in unconventional and creative ways soon brought him back to the University of Malta as a research trainee. He later joined the Faculty of Engineering as a full time academic where he was involved in several multinational European (FP6/7) research projects in automotive and aerospace engineering.
Building on his combined experience in electronics and the aerospace research sector, and his refusal to accept that small countries cannot do great things, he decided to embark on the unlikely task of building a space industry in Malta – miniature satellites – which is a high growth and high value-added industry that scales ideally to Malta’s resource strengths and limitations.
Dr Ing. Azzopardi is a warranted engineer, holding Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Malta and a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Cranfield University, UK.