Annual Meeting 2019


27 September 2019

10:00 - 11:30

Policy Framework for Industrial Skills Development in Emerging Countries

With the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and the disruptive technological change, the need for specialized technical skills calls for immediate attention. The skill-set required to join the manufacturing sector depends both on levels of development and industrialization, on the technological progress and integration in global value chains (GVCs) inter alia. Moreover, as a growing number of current jobs become vulnerable to automation, public and private sectors need to come together to advance skills development programmes to provide a qualified labour pool for the jobs of the future. Likewise, they have to develop or improve industrial competitiveness. This session will explore how emerging economies are promoting and harnessing 4IR through educational systems and skill policies. Frugal manufacturing and frugal innovation engineering will also be discussed and showcased.

Moderator: Claudia Pensotti - Journalist, Class Cnbc


  • Olga Memedovic - Chief of the Business Environment, Cluster and Innovation Division, and Deputy Director of the Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation, UNIDO

  • Sardar Ahmad Nawaz Sukhera - Secretary of Commerce, Pakistan Ministry of Commerce

  • Joyce Njogu, Head of Consulting, Kenya Association of Manufacturers

  • Afia Owusu-Forfie - Director, Women Who Code

  • Jurgen Tiedje - Head of Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

11:30 – 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:15

Keynote Speech

  • Vincenzo Boccia - President, Confindustria

12:15 – 13:45

Disruptive Technologies to Enrich the Digital Transformation Journey

Digital technology provides the potential for a fundamental transformation in businesses and organisations as well as the development of new business models. The Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, Robotics Process Automation, Machine Learning, and Blockchain increase the importance of data that is the basis for enriching the digital transformation journey.

Nowadays, every organizational decision around a digital transformation strategy is driven by data. In today’s world of digital disruption, data is the most valuable asset to an organization. Businesses can transform themselves through data, and data is transformed through digitalization.

Machine learning methods require massive datasets and an increase in power with more data, making data access a key competitive advantage. This potentially conflicts with the prevailing global industrial culture and ethics, which emphasizes nondisclosure of data, especially to competitors. The same could also be said for artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies.

This session will focus on how to harness the potential of these new technologies to unlock its value not just for companies but for the society at large.

Moderator: Claudia Pensotti - Journalist, Class Cnbc


  • Andrea Chiesi - Director R&D Project & Portfolio Management, Chiesi Group

  • Lloyd F. Colegrove - Director of Data Services and Fundamental Problem Solving, The Dow Chemical Company

  • Thérèse de Liedekerke, Deputy Director General, Business Europe

  • Max Lemke - Head of Unit for "Technologies and Systems for Digitising Industry”, DG Connect, European Commission 

  • Bruce Kramer - Senior Advisor, National Science Foundation

13:45 – 14:00



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