Annual Meeting 2019


26 September 2019

09:30 - 10:00

Welcome and Institutional Highlights

  • Alberto Ribolla - President, World Manufacturing Foundation

  • Marco Bonometti - President, Confindustria Lombardia

10:00 – 10:15

Leading European Regions Responding to Global Manufacturing Challenges

  • Fabrizio Sala -Vice President, Regione Lombardia

  • Sophie Cruz - Regional Councillor, Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

  • Mireia Borell - Secretary for foreign affairs and the European Union, Generalitat de Catalunya

10:15 - 10:40

WMF Report Presentation

  • Marco Taisch - Scientific Chairman, World Manufacturing Foundation

10:40 – 11:00

WMF Key Recommendations: Opening Debate

Moderator: Andrea Cabrini - Director, Class Cnbc

  • Tony Bond - Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Great Place to Work

  • Esther Lynch - Deputy General Secretary, European Trade Union Confederation

11:00 – 11:30

Press Conference

Press Conference will take place in Villa Antica, Sala Contessa - 1st Floor

11:10 – 11:30

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:00

Corporate Strategies and Industrial Policies For Digital Manufacturing

While the advent of Industry 4.0 is the primary focus of national strategies for industrial revitalisation, the proliferation of new technologies has rapidly changed the landscape of many global industries.

The new policy framework serves as a strategic guide to enable the transformation of the manufacturing sector and accelerate the adoption of the Industry 4.0 and related technologies in response to the Fourth Industrial Revolution. It is vital that policies adopt to changing needs of companies to support their digital transformation strategies.

In the opening panel, the key pillars of national agendas from different countries, will be presented and shared between all the panellists and the audience. Representatives from large industrial associations will also share the strategic priorities and needs of companies in an increasingly digitised manufacturing environment.

Moderator: Andrea Cabrini, Director, Class Cnbc


  • Dennis Darby - President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

  • Renate Hornung-DrausManaging Director, Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA)

  • Éric Dequenne, Vice-President, International Affairs at Investissement Québec

  • Jeroen Heijs - Director for Industrial Policy, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Climate Policy of the Netherlands

  • Mehmet Fatih KacirDeputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Technology, Republic of Turkey

  • Ahmed Taha Elborai - Deputy Minister, Ministry of Trade and Industry of Egypt

Keynote Speech

  • Beniamino Quintieri - President, SACE

13:00 - 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00 - 15:30

Skills Gaps and Global Education System Across Various Manufacturing Industries

The change of skills in manufacturing is not a singular challenge, but it diverges by industry and sector. Starting conditions, investments in technology adoption, skills availability and adaptability of the workforce, make different industries have different needs and approaches to future skills. However, a shared concern will be the retraining of workers, from roles that will be declining into those with a positive outlook. As the focus shifts to skills development, workers like new technologies will also continue to evolve, and the workplace will shift to a more healthy and human centric manufacturing.

The session aims to discuss and present the peculiarities of future skills in different manufacturing industries. What skills are needed for the transformation of the different manufacturing industries? How a globalised education should evolve to support the lifelong learning of workers not only in the schools (high schools, colleges and universities)?

One of the main discussion is related to the role of education and training providers in preparing the future manufacturing workforce and the responsibility of companies in retraining and “upskilling” existing workers. What is the role of apprenticeships and technical vocational education and how do they supplement formal education?

Moderator: Andrew Spannaus - Chairman, Milan Foreign Press Association


  • Rhonda Barnet - President & Chief Operating Officer, AVIT Manufacturing

  • Giovanni Brugnoli - Vice president for Human Capital, Confindustria

  • Lourino Chemane - Advisor, Minister of Science and Technology, Higher and Technic Professional Education of Mozambique

  • Jun NiProfessor and Director, University of Michigan

  • Leo Reddy - Chair, President and Founder, Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC)

Keynote Speech

  • Josef Nierling - CEO, Porsche Consulting

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:30

Jobs to Come: The Future of Jobs in the World

With the rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, many jobs are evolving. To support this evolution, new skills are necessary. It is evident that these changes are impacting many industrial sectors, but the manufacturing sector is among the most impacted due to the introduction of many innovative production technologies. On one side there will be the creation of new roles while conversely there will be the elimination of others.

The objective of this session is to understand how the workforce will evolve in order to be aligned with the competence requirements of Industry 4.0. The importance of “hard” skills will increase due to the need for manufacturing automation. Therefore, “hard” skills of future jobs are different from the current jobs, and the workers of the future need to be ready for these changes.

Moderator: Andrea Cabrini - Director, Class Cnbc


  • Alberto Alesi - Mexico Director, ManpowerGroup Solutions

  • Francisco Betti Head of Advanced Manufacturing and Production, World Economic Forum.

  • Tony BondExecutive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer, Great Place to Work

  • Jong Seok Lee - Professor, POSCO and Sungkyunkwan University

  • Dov Moran - Managing Partner, Grove Ventures

17:30 - 18:00

Closing Keynote: How Industrial Companies Capitalize on Digital Transformation

  • James (Jim) Heppelmann President and CEO, PTC



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