Adrien studied industrial engineering in the city of Lyon, France. After a year completing an MBA in Singapore, he settled in Brussels and integrated the global DHL Auto-Mobility team in 2014. As part of this team, Adrien has been occupying several positions looking after marketing, business development, and strategy and he is now Chief of Staff for the global DHL Auto-Mobility team. Living in the most congested city in Europe, he describes himself as a “mobility user” rather than a “motorhead” and is very much involved in DHL solutions development linked to EV logistics and sustainable transport.
Ben Gesing is a global innovation leader with 8 years of experience developing technical solutions in the logistics, telecommunications, and consumer electronics industries. Today he leads the Global Trend Research activities at DHL, driving the company’s customer-centric innovation activities from the DHL Innovation Center near Bonn, Germany. Together with his team, he is responsible for shaping the innovation agenda at DHL Group, from publishing industry research to piloting and scaling cutting-edge solutions in the areas of artificial intelligence, computer vision, and robotics in live logistics operations together with startups, customers, and operators.
David Shillingford is the Chairman of Resilience360, an innovative supply chain risk management software platform that helps businesses predict, assess and mitigate the risk of supply chain disruptions.
Prior to Resilience360, David was a Senior Vice President at one of the world’s largest data analytics companies, Verisk Analytics (NASDAQ: VRSK) where he was responsible for the company’s entry into supply chain analytics.
David joined Verisk in 2008 when the analytics company he had founded in 2003 was acquired by Verisk. David’s career in data and analytics started with a company tasked with recovering stolen art following a career as an officer in the British Army that included airborne and special ops. David continues to work to bridge the gap between the military and business worlds through his work at PegasusBridge.org.
Erik Grab is Vice- President of Michelin in charge of Strategic Anticipation and Co-Innovation for the Michelin Group since 2012. He was previously Global Vice President Marketing for the two main Business Units of Michelin: the BtoB one and the BtoC one. He also created in 2014 the Movin’On LAB, a strategic anticipation and co-innovation ecosystem gathering over 300 international private corporations and public entities as well as academics and international organizations, based in Paris and now also in Montreal.
Before joining Michelin in 2003, Erik had founded a Business Consulting Agency ICON which he subsequently sold to WPP, world leader in advertising and marketing services (300 employees when it was sold). Erik began his career in sales, then turned to marketing consultancy and market studies, including within the German Institute GfK before becoming the company’s French branch CEO.
Erik is a strategic anticipation and innovation unconditional enthusiast and regularly speaks on university campuses and international forums on the future of mobility and more generally on innovation processes and methodologies.
He is one of the four qualified personalities in France who are advising the Defense Innovation Agency and is a member of the innovation steering committee of the French Army.
Fathi Tlatli has been with DHL for 16 years starting in 2004 as Vice President for the EMEA Engineering & Manufacturing Sector then receiving additional responsibility for the Global Aerospace Sector in 2007. In 2009 he moved to his current role as President of DHL’s Global Auto-Mobility Sector now responsible for the strategy, development and the global customer management program for DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation.
Fathi is holder of an MBA in International Management (University of Leuven) and a Bachelor Degree in Applied Economic Sciences (University of Louvain). In addition, he has diplomas in Integrated Supply Chain Management (University of Stanford) and International General Management (IMD).
Fathi is the author of books on Time Management (Effective Time Management, Gestion 2000) and marketing in Emerging Markets (Successful Marketing in Emerging Markets, Gestion 2000), as well as articles in the international management field.
After graduating with a degree in finance, management and economics, Florent Menegaux joined Price Waterhouse in 1986 as a consultant. He was soon appointed manager, specializing in interest rate risk control and management for banks.
In 1997, Florent Menegaux joined Michelin as Commercial Director for truck tires in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. He has served in various positions within the French group, including head of Africa-Middle East Zone, and executive vice president for the group's global passenger car and light truck operations.
In December 2014, he was appointed chief operating officer and then senior executive vice president of the Michelin Group in 2017. In 2018, Florent Menegaux is named Managing General Partner of the Group and one year later he is appointed Chief Executive Officer.
Gerd Leonhard is not just a leading expert on the future, he is also a humanist who believes that all scientific and technological progress should further collective human flourishing. People, Planet, Purpose and Prosperity is Gerd’s credo. As Gerd likes to say, humanity will change more in the next 20 years than in the previous 300 years – let’s make sure that we can still maintain what makes us human.
The second decade of the twenty-first century may not quite be the world of George Orwell, yet, but living in these times is certainly puzzling. Futurism used to be the study of the future, but nowadays it seems hard enough to read the present. Gerd Leonhard has spent his lifetime engaging with change, as a professional artist, internet entrepreneur, author and now as a visionary thinker and speaker.
Jessica Voss has 20+ years of experience in international innovation and strategy. She leads the customer-centric innovation activities such as workshops, conferences, webinars etc. at the DHL Innovation Center near Bonn, Germany. Being part of DHL’s cross-divisional unit Customer Solutions & Innovation (CSI), she is passionate about connecting with customers across various industry sectors, business partners, and key corporate stakeholders of DHL group to shape a collaborative innovation agenda. Prior to her current role, Jessica has held various positions in Innovation Management, Strategy and Business Development.
Jessica’s career began as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company. She holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Cologne.
Key Areas of Expertise
- Innovation & Change Management
- Customer Centric Solution Development
- Strategy & Business Development
Lukas Neckermann is Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy based in London and New York with a focus on emerging new mobility trends and their strategic impact. He is also Chief Strategist at Splyt, a mobility and travel ecosystem startup.
He began his automotive career in BMW’s Central Marketing department, where he co-developed the first BMW.com website and helped launch the innovative Z8 sports car. Lukas joined Allianz in 2002, reporting to the Group’s CEO, Michael Diekmann. He rose through various strategic and line leadership functions, including Head of Business Development for Allianz Automotive, Head of Group Learning – responsible for the company’s corporate university, and Commercial Director of Euler Hermes UK plc. Lukas is the author of three books, The Mobility Revolution, Corporate Mobility Breakthrough 2020, and most recently, Smart Cities, Smart Mobility.
He is advisor to four further start-up companies: NEXT Future Transportation Inc. based in Silicon Valley, as well as Hyperion Executive Search, Flock, and Eliport, each based in Europe. He is an Adjunct Instructor at New York University, where he teaches “Strategy for the Entrepreneur”. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Matthias is responsible for the development of new concepts and identifying opportunities for digitalization in material and container processes at Volkswagen Konzernlogistik (Group Logistics), the central supply chain management organization that works across group brands.
He joined Volkswagen in 1999 and has worked across different logistic areas on plant, brand and group logistics level such as pre-series logistics, order management, inbound logistics and network planning before starting his current role in 2018.
Matthias’ team runs multiple projects analyzing the implications and benefits of using new technologies in supply chain management, including artificial intelligence and autonomous vehicles. This includes the product ownership of the digital tools and new developed processes and also taking care of the roll-out in the plants of the Volkswagen Group.
Matthias Heutger Senior Vice President, Global Head of Innovation and Commercial Development, and member of DHL’s Global Commercial Board. A seasoned logistics professional who has held a number of key leadership, strategic and board positions across the DHL Group since joining in 2002. A recognized international leader across multi-disciplinary teams and geographic locations.
An expert in customer-centric Innovation (where his true passion lies), coupled with his robust operational knowledge, Matthias has translated his passion into exceptional value for customers. In addition to this, the development and remodeling of DHL’s flagship Innovation Centers, in Germany, Singapore & the USA, as well as a number of key industry defining thought leadership publications have been produced under his stewardship. In addition to this, he directs and develops marketing and commercial development activities for DHL’s six focus sectors – automobility, energy, engineering and manufacturing, life sciences and healthcare, technology and e-retail & fashion including DHL’s top 100+ accounts.
An active member of the board of directors of Rising Tide Digital and GS1 Germany. He is highly engaged with various industry bodies and best-practice associations including SAMA, High-Tech Gründerfonds, The Innovation Round Table, to name but a few.
Oscar de Bok is the Chief Executive Officer of DHL Supply Chain and Member of the Board of Management at DHL Group. De Bok is leading the contract logistics business of DHL providing leadership to over 160,000 employees across 55 countries.
Prior to this de Bok led the DHL Supply Chain business in Mainland Europe, Middle East and Africa and in the Asia Pacific region. He has worked in the logistics industry for 25 years, during which time he held a number of senior leadership roles within DHL Supply Chain.
Oscar de Bok graduated from the State University of Groningen in the Netherlands and holds a Master’s degree in both Business Law and Private Law.
Roberto Di Stefano is Head of e-Mobility for the EMEA Region at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles where he is contributing to the Company’s transition to electrification. In particular, he is committed to find electric mobility solutions that are more sustainable and offer immediate advantages to customers through a comprehensive, environmentally friendly and economically competitive ecosystem of strategic partners and services.
In 2020, in addition to his role, he became Head of Network Development for the EMEA Region.
After 25 of experience in purchasing dept., covering 3 Commodities such as Chemical, Electrical and Metallic, since 2016 Roberto spent over 4 years in Magneti Marelli with different roles, 2 of which in Brazil as CEO of Magneti Marelli Latin America as well as CEO of Magneti Marelli Global Driveline (Powertrain, Electrification & Exhaust) and Global Shock Absorber Business Line.
Before joining Magneti Marelli he covered other different roles at FCA, one of which as Head of EMEA Vehicle Engineering for 3 years, when he was in charge of the 1st Jeep designed and built out of the US as well as Alfa Romeo 4C and different other projects.
After more than 30 years of global experience in the Automotive and Technology industry, he has developed a consistent focus on Company turnaround with key activities on World Class Manufacturing Management, Business Development, New Market Opportunities Development and M&A.
He holds a Ph.D. in Business Management & Organization Management from the University of Urbino, Italy.
Sabine has been dedicated to the logistics sector for close to two decades. Over the years, Sabine has held various positions in strategy, corporate organization and consulting. Her team at DHL Consulting passionately guide global logistics to effectively tackle and overcome supply chain challenges.
As a leader, Sabine is conscious of the severe transformational changes this field is going through, and is passionate and aware of how digitalization, big data, artificial intelligence, robotics, IoT, drones, blockchain, and the circular economy will redefine the supply chain and logistics ecosystem.
Beyond her career in logistics, Sabine considers the advancement of women in executive roles to be a fundamental requirement for business success. She believes encouraging diversity in perspectives and leadership styles at C-Level will undoubtedly result in better decisions. She is personally committed to helping female leaders succeed and in promoting more diversity in management teams.
Stefan Crets is the Executive Director at CSR Europe, the European platform for companies and stakeholders to exchange and cooperate to become European leaders in sustainable competitiveness and societal wellbeing.
From 2002 onwards, Stefan worked as the Lead Manager of CSR at Toyota Europe where he developed and implemented a new strategy. This strategy was disseminated worldwide within Toyota. In 2008, Stefan was appointed General Manager for Corporate Planning and CSR at Toyota Europe.
Prior to his experience at Toyota, he was Programme Advisor at the King Baudouin Foundation, and started his professional career as a research academic at the University of Antwerp.
Stefan’s in-depth knowledge of corporate sustainability and challenges brings to CSR Europe his firsthand experience at developing CSR strategy and practice within a company.
Wim Elshout is ABB’s Group e-Mobility Solutions Area Manager for Latin America, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific since January 2017. In his role he is responsible for business development, project execution and service of ABB’s e-Mobility solutions for electric cars, buses and trucks in his region.
Wim is responsible for ABB’s technology partnership with the fast growing e-Mobility Service Providers and vehicle OEMs in ABB’s emerging and overseas e-Mobility markets. Together with these partners Wim introduced the first end-to-end charging solutions for electric vehicles in these markets, overcoming critical challenges presented by next-generation charging demands.
Wim grew up in the Oil and Gas industry where he spend 20 years of his career in various service and business development roles in the US, Asia and Europe. After 20 years in the industry he decided to make the change to contribute to the energy transition and the change in global mobility.