Andrew HILL is an award-winning columnist, Associate Editor and Management Editor at the Financial Times. He writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a member of the FT Editorial Board. Andrew is the author of Ruskinland: How John Ruskin Shapes Our World (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of the Victorian polymath’s life, work and enduring influence, and Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead. He is a trustee and chair of The Blueprint Trust, the charity behind Blueprint for Better Business, which supports and challenges business to be a force for good.
Jonas SAMUELSON, President and CEO, Electrolux Sweden. MSc in Business Administration and Economics. In Group Management and employed since 2008.
Other assignments: Board Member of Polygon AB and Axel Johnson AB.
Previous positions: Various senior positions within Electrolux including CFO of AB Electrolux, COO Global Operations Major Appliances and Head of Major Appliances EMEA. Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President of Munters AB. Various senior positions within General Motors, mainly in the U.S., and Saab Automobile AB.
Olivier RIBET is in charge of developing the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia (EMEAR) market and cross-industry corporate initiatives.
He joined Dassault Systèmes in September 2013 as Vice President, High-Tech Industry.
Since July 2017 he was in charge of all the industries.
Olivier RIBET brings over 20 years of international experience in the software, high-tech and telecom markets to Dassault Systèmes. During his career, he has led businesses and teams across Europe, North America and Asia in strategy, software engineering, marketing and business development.
Olivier RIBET spent over a decade at Microsoft, where he held senior management positions including Head of Mobile Business France and later Senior Director, Windows Business Division. While at Microsoft, he was part of a team that was granted a patent for a method of extracting key terms in text mining. Before this, he worked in a number of senior-level sales, marketing and business development capacities at Bull EMEA Information Systems (a ATOS company) and EDF (Electricité de France).
Olivier RIBET is a graduate of the Institute des Etudes Politiques in Bordeaux, France, and INSEAD/AIEP in Singapore.
Anders HVIDan honest rebel looking to create disruptive change where it is needed. He is co-founder and partner in DareDisrupt, member of the SIRI Commission, former advisor to the EU commission, former advisor to the Minister of Education, author of two books -Face the Future 2014 and GribFremtiden(Danish) 2018, and for seven years he was faculty member and the Danish ambassador for Singularity University. He is a requested speaker and commentator in the media and press on the topic of emerging technology, disruption and the future of business and society. Over the last four years, Anders has been delivering more than 200 keynotes in more than 20 countries.
Charles BRAND joined Tetra Pak as an Electronics Development Engineer in 1985 and has been in his current role since April 2019 and member of the Global Leadership Team since 2015. Charles previously held several senior management positions including Executive Vice President of Product Management & Commercial Operations and Managing Director in Taiwan. Charles is based in Lausanne, Switzerland. He is British and has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Technical University of Lund in Sweden.
Lena HÖK has 20 years of experience implementing and evaluate sustainability performance in corporations, working with a broad range of industries, including finance, insurance, energy, retail, transports, real estate, hotels and fast-moving consumer goods.
Lena is a member of the Board of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) and member of the board at BoKlok, a joint venture between IKEA and Skanska. She is also the President of the Sustainability Committee at the International Chamber of Commerce in Sweden, where companies such as Stora Enso, Ericsson, H&M, IKEA, ABB and Scania, amongst others, co-operates on models for circular economy, climate and anti-corruption. She has a Degree in Business and Economics from Uppsala University, as well as executive programs at IMD Business School, Harvard business school and Stockholm School of Economics.
Emil HÖGBERG is the Swedish State Secretary to Ibrahim Baylan, the Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation. His areas of responsibility include innovation, industry, competition, IP law, competition and regulatory simplification.
Prior to joining the Business Ministry, Emil worked in the Prime Minister’s office. He was a Municipal Commissioner at Huddinge Municipality between 2003 and 2006 and again in 2011-2016. He also worked at the Vasternorrland County’s Administrative Court and holds a Masters’ degree in Law from Stockholm University.
Justin KEEBLE is a Managing Director at Accenture leading their European Sustainability practice. He has worked in high tech and telecoms, consumer industries, banking, energy and utilities, natural resources and transport sectors on sustainability challenges and strategies and is especially interested in how environmental constraints drive innovation. He has also led projects for the UN Global Compact and the World Economic Forum. He has recently built a house in South Oxfordshire where he lives with his wife and three daughters.
Michael THEL is Engineering Director for Product Description Development, process, method and IT solutions at Scania’s R&D. He has a German background and experience from the academic world as well as from PROSTEP AG and DaimlerChrysler AG. He joined Scania 2007 and has through the years worked with PLM in various managerial positions.
Education: PhD in Computer Integrated Design at Technische Universität Darmstadt.
David BEHAR has been Deputy Ambassador of the French Embassy in Stockholm since August 2018. In his current capacity, he has been in charge of preparing the Upgrade of the French-Swedish partnership for innovation and green solutions endorsed by President Macron and Prime Minister Löfven on June 6th last year. He holds a PhD from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and a BA from Sciences Po. Career Diplomat, he served from 2009 to 2014 at the French policy planning Staff and from 2014 to 2018 at Strategic affairs Department, working on security, defense and cyber issues. Expert on Turkey, he worked for seven years in that country as a researcher and a cultural attaché.
Bernard Charlès was appointed president and chief executive officer of Dassault Systèmes in September 1995. Today, the Company, world leader in 3D software, is a global top-ten software company.
Charlès has helped instill a culture of ongoing innovation to further consolidate Dassault Systèmes’ scientific capabilities and make science part of the company’s DNA. He joined Dassault Systèmes in 1983 to develop new design technologies. In 1986 he founded a dedicated New Technologies, Research & Development, and Strategy department. In 1988 he was appointed president of Strategy, Research & Development, helping establish CATIA as the world’s number one product design software.
A firm believer that technology should contribute to progress in society, Charlès has positioned Dassault Systèmes as the preferred partner for innovation, empowering businesses with sustainable step-changes in competitive performance.
In 1989, he was part of the inspiration behind digital mock-up (DMU), allowing design engineers to produce full-blown 3D models of products. He had become member of the Board of Directors in 1993. And in 1995, he initiated the DMU of the Boeing 777, the world’s first all-digital designed aircraft. In 1996, Charlès orchestrated the flotation of Dassault Systèmes on the stock market, providing a strong and stable platform for growth, and became member of the Board of Directors.
In 1997, he expanded and strengthened Dassault Systèmes’ commercial footprint with the acquisition of SolidWorks to serve businesses large and small. The Company also resumed control of its entire distribution network in 2010, which had previously been in the hands of IBM.
In 1999, Charlès pioneered the concept of product lifecycle management (PLM), extending the concept of the digital mock-up (DMU) to the entire lifecycle of a product. To support the Company’s PLM strategy, he embarked on a series of key acquisitions and brand creation: ENOVIA in 1998, DELMIA in 2000 and SIMULIA in 2005.
In 2012, Charlès announced the launch of the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform, broadening the scope of digitization and simulation to include the consumer experience. Dassault Systèmes rounded out its portfolio with social innovation and information intelligence applications (3DSWYM, EXALEAD and NETVIBES), and at the same time ventured into more diversified sectors, notably with GEOVIA to model and simulate the planet we live on. He also provided the impetus for Dassault Systèmes to develop B2C applications such as 3DVIA and experiential 3D marketing projects (including Paris3D Saga and Khufu Reborn).
These strategic developments reflect Charlès’ firm belief that 3D universes open up new frontiers in innovation, and that imagining sustainable innovations capable of harmonizing product, nature and life is the only way that business, science and society can co-exist in the future.
Bernard Charlès holds the rank of Knight (2005) and Officer (2012) in the “Légion d’Honneur” (French Legion of Honor) and is a member of the French Academy of Technology. He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure engineering school in Cachan and has a PhD in mechanical engineering majoring in automation engineering and information science. He also holds an agrégation — the most senior teaching qualification achievable in France (specializing in mechanical engineering).
Bernard Charlès was born and grew up in Brittany, France. He and his wife have five children.