Global Speakers

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NICO ADAMS

Director, Factory of the Future

Swinburne University of Technology

CONFERENCE CHAIRPERSON

Topic: Advanced Manufacturing Case Study – How Industry 4.0 Technologies are Transforming Manufacturing Capabilities across different industries

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HON. KAREN ANDREWS

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

Karen Andrews brings her experience in engineering, industrial relations and running her own business to her role as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.

The Minister was one of only two female graduates in Mechanical Engineering at QUT in 1983, and later worked at power stations and petrochemical sites. Having run her own Human Resources and Industrial Relations Consultancy, Karen understands the pressures of owning and running a small business.  She is a strong advocate for businesses as the powerhouse of our local economy.

Topic: Keynote Address: Embracing Change- The Future is NOW for Australian Manufacturing

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DANIEL WALTON

National Secretary

Australian Workers Union

Daniel Walton is the secretary of the AWU’s NSW branch, and the National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union with over 100,000 members.

Daniel began his career in the union movement in 2003, when he started working for Unions NSW. It was here that he began to develop specialised campaigning and negotiating skills. 

In 2008, he joined the Australian Workers’ Union National Team as a Campaigns and Growth Co-ordinator, where he gained unique experience in change management and team leadership. He led a number of union recruitment projects, the success of which has been recognised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. 

In 2014, Daniel became National Vice-President of the Union, and used this position to advocate for policies that protect and strengthen Australian industries. His leadership in the 2015 Bluescope Steel negotiations kept the manufactuer from closing down their Australian operations. 

In November 2016 Daniel was elected as both the NSW Secretary and the National Secretary of the AWU.

Daniel is a director on the board of Chifley Financial Services. He is also completing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of New South Wales. 

Topic: Additive Manufacturing as Game Changer: Rapid Prototyping, Mass Customization and Distributed Manufacturing

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MATTHEW HUNTER

National Manager – 3D

Konica Minolta

After serving in the armed forces as a Weapons Systems Tech, Matthew joined the printing industry in 1994. Matthew has held various technical roles over the years supporting the “traditional” printing market and after his first 10 years at Konica Minolta focussed on printing,  Matthew accepted a new challenge – 3D printing. Over the last 3 years Matthew has dedicated himself to building and implementing our 3D printing strategy to support and service additive manufacturing in Australia as the National Manager for 3D printing.

Topic: How Konica Minolta Supports the Manufacturing Industry through Technological Disruption

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DMITRY LEVIT

National Development Manager – Automation, Control & IIOT

HYDAC

Dmitry Levit is a National Development Manager of Automation, Control and Industrial IoT at HYDAC International. HYDAC is a multinational company headquartered out of Sulzbach, Germany that has specific expertise in electronics, automation, hydraulics and predictive maintenance. Dmitry is a Mechatronic Engineer, graduate at Monash University, he has number of years’ experience in the industry and a strong focus on innovative solutions. Dmitry is also skilled in connectivity and industrial / mobile automation.

Topic: The missing link between your business and your machines

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DICKSON LEOW

Principal Professional Leader, Transport Safety

ARRB

Dickson Leow is the Principal Technology Leader at Australian Road Research Board (ARRB) within the Future Transport Technology Team. Prior to ARRB, Dickson has worked in various roles over 15 years with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia and his most recent role as the Manager of Regulatory Affairs and Vehicle Safety Department.  Dickson was also the ambassador for Toyota Australia in Fuel Cell Vehicle Technology & related hybrid technology.  He has also assisted the Department of Infrastructure & Regional Development (DIRD) with ADR legislation such as ADR 58 – Requirements for Omnibus Design.  Dickson has over 19 years’ experience in Homologation, Regulatory Affairs, Compliance, Certification, ITS / CAV and IP Law, in both private and government sectors.  Dickson holds a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Engineering both from Monash University and is currently undertaking his MBA with University of Canberra. He is an active committee member of ISO for Intelligent Transport System as well as Standards Australia IT-023. His focus at ARRB will be facilitating the integration of automated and connected vehicle technologies with infrastructure and demystifying the community’s understanding of the technology.

Smart Manufacturing & Innovation Roundtable discussions: Industry 4.0 PIllars for Success

 

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DARREN ATKINSON

General Manager Advanced Technologies - Branch Industry Growth Division

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

Darren Atkinson is Manager of the Advanced Manufacturing Policy section in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS), Canberra, Australia.

After a decade in the private sector with business process service provider Hermes Precisa Pty Ltd (previously Bell and Howell Australia), Mr Atkinson joined DIIS in 2004.

Since that time, he has delivered strategic policy advice on the transition of the manufacturing sector, significantly on transformative sectors such as automotive, biotechnology and pulp and paper.

More recently his team has developed the $100 million Advanced Manufacturing Fund, designed to boost innovation, skills and employment in advanced manufacturing in Australia.

Mr Atkinson has also worked for extended periods in the Australian Parliament, most notably as Senior Adviser to then Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation, the Hon Greg Combet AM MP.

He has a Master of Public Policy degree from the Australian National University in Canberra, and a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Political Science from the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Mr Atkinson has recently undertaken a research project to encourage uptake of industry 4.0 technologies by SME manufacturers, including the identification of lessons from the United Kingdom for Australian businesses and policies.

Topic: Approaches to Improving SME uptake of Industry 4.0 in Manufacturing

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TODD HACKING

Chief Executive Officer

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia

Todd was appointed CEO of Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia back in February of 2018 and now advocates for truck, trailer and component manufacturers.  Before that he spent 6 years with Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia, initially establishing the South Australian office, before becoming the NSW State Director. 

Todd’s expertise is utilising his legal training and government contacts to advocate for sensible regulatory changes sought by the industry he represents.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts (Politics) and Law from the University of Adelaide and has served on a number of Boards and Advisory bodies in the areas of infrastructure, skills, safety and was also an elected Councillor for the City of Tea Tree Gully. 

In his spare time, Todd enjoys sport, movies, cooking and reading.

Topic: The Factory of the Future – AI-driven Robotics

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COLIN GUDGEON

Segment Director Pacific - Cpg & Manufacturing Software

AVEVA

Colin Gudgeon is the Segment Director for AVEVA’s software solutions for the consumer packaged goods and manufacturing segment, based in Melbourne. Originally an Industrial Chemist from the UK, Colin moved to Australia in 2000 and worked in a variety of technical, operational and commercial roles within oil and gas services. In 2015, Colin changed focus moving to GE Digital as Business Development manager for digital solutions to the manufacturing sector before moving to Schneider Electric Software, now AVEVA, in 2017. Colin is passionate about helping companies, small and large, to improve and transform their business through digital transformation of their operations.

Topic: How AR & VR Will Re-Define Manufacturing Design, Safety, Operations and Servicing

 

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MEGAN LILLY

Head of Workforce Development

Australian Industry Group

Megan Lilly is the Head of Workforce Development for The Australian Industry Group (Ai Group), Managing Director of the Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS) and the AiGroup Graduate Employment Services. In this role Megan is responsible for the development of all education and training policy as well as member service delivery across the breadth of workforce development. Prior to this she was the Chief Executive Officer of Business Services Training Australia, the national industry advisory board for the business services and related industry sectors. Before joining the national board, she held several senior management positions in various Victorian TAFE institutes.

Ms Lilly is a member of the Australian Industry Skills Committee (alternating Director), Chair of Manufacturing Skills Australia, Deputy Chair – Worldskills Australia, member of the Australian College of Educators, member of the Salvation Army Disability Employment Services Advisory Committee, and the Naval shipbuilding College – Delivery Advisory Committee. She has been a member of the Australia India Education Council, including Chairing the Skills Working Group, Australian Qualifications Framework Council, Queensland Ministerial Commission, Victorian Skills Commission and Australia Pacific Technical College. Megan was a member of the National Skills Standards Council, and the National Quality Council. Megan also chaired the Joint COAG-NQC Working Group – VET Products for the 21 Century and has presented at international conferences. She has a Masters in Educational Policy and Administration.

Industry 4.0 Panel: Biggest Challenges and Implementation Hurdle Towards, Smart Manufacturing, AI and Robotics

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STEVEN KENNEDY

Head of NPI

Cochlear

Cochlear is the world leader in implantable hearing solutions. Steven has worked with Cochlear for 17 years, with the last 3 as Head of New Product Industrialisation. The NPI department is embedded in the new product project teams, and functions to ensure products are designed to be manufacturable from the ground up. The NPI team are also responsible for identifying and developing the right manufacturing technologies to meet the new product’s technical challenges and manufacturing’s ongoing needs.

Topic: Cochlear Smart Manufacturing Case Study – Increasing Production Capabilities with Automation, 3D Printing and Industry 4.0

 

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ALBAN BRISY

Head of Partners

EasyMile

Mr Brisy has a background of robotic engineer.  Over the course of his career, he held Operational, R&D and business development roles within robotic and smart mobility companies.

In 2011, he participated to the creation of the Tilter, a vehicle part motorcycle, part covered car, all-electric zero-emission three-wheeler dedicated to commuters. In 2012, he founded E-Slavus who aimed to provide autonomous technologies to standard vehicles. In 2013, he relocated in Paris to participate to the important growth of Balyo.  Balyo designs robotic solutions, installed on standard electrical material handling vehicles.

In 2016, he moved to Toulouse to create “Autonomy by”, a division within EasyMile specialized in providing software powering autonomous vehicles. He creates partnerships with major vehicle manufacturers and develops businesses for driverless vehicles co-created with these manufacturers.  

Topic: Integrating Smart Warehouse Logistics with Driverless Trucks – How Digitization and Autonomous Vehicles will Make Supply Chain More Efficient

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GORDON G. WALLACE

Executive Research Director

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science

Professor Gordon Wallace is involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in Energy and Health. In the Health area this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance. In the Energy area this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for the use in Medical technologies.

He is committed to fundamental research and the translation of fundamental discoveries into practical applications. He is a passionate communicator, dedicated to explaining scientific advances to all in the community from the lay person to the specialist.

 He was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia 26 January 2017.

 He received Wollongong’s award for Innovation in 2017 and served as Wollongong’s Australia Day Ambassador.

 Gordon was named NSW Scientist of the Year 2017.

 He received the Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science and Innovation in 2016.

 He was appointed to the Prime Ministers Knowledge Nation 100 in 2015.

 Gordon is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), Institute of Physics, and Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI). He is a corresponding member of the Academy of Science in Bologna.

 He has published more than 900 refereed publications that have attracted in excess of 35,000 citations; a monograph on Organic Bionics (published 2012) and recently co-authored an eBook on 3D BioPrinting He led the presentation of a MOOC on 3D Bioprinting on the FutureLearn platform.

Topic: The Future of Additive Manufacturing – Recent breakthroughs and Key Advances

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DANIEL WALTON

National Secretary

Australian Workers Union

Daniel Walton is the secretary of the AWU’s NSW branch, and the National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union with over 100,000 members.

Daniel began his career in the union movement in 2003, when he started working for Unions NSW. It was here that he began to develop specialised campaigning and negotiating skills. 

In 2008, he joined the Australian Workers’ Union National Team as a Campaigns and Growth Co-ordinator, where he gained unique experience in change management and team leadership. He led a number of union recruitment projects, the success of which has been recognised by the Australian Council of Trade Unions. 

In 2014, Daniel became National Vice-President of the Union, and used this position to advocate for policies that protect and strengthen Australian industries. His leadership in the 2015 Bluescope Steel negotiations kept the manufactuer from closing down their Australian operations. 

In November 2016 Daniel was elected as both the NSW Secretary and the National Secretary of the AWU.

Daniel is a director on the board of Chifley Financial Services. He is also completing a Masters in Business Administration at the University of New South Wales. 

Topic: Additive Manufacturing as Game Changer: Rapid Prototyping, Mass Customization and Distributed Manufacturing

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DON MOLONEY

Deputy Director

Department of Defence of Australia

Don Moloney is a restless and passionate leader of Naval innovation and technology. He has held various engineering roles within the Australian Department of Defence and its suppliers over the last ten years including Engineering Manager at the Guided Missile Frigate Systems Program Office. He is currently involved in the Navy’s Additive Manufacturing program and is responsible for unifying industry, government and Navy in finding paths to successful capability outcomes. Don graduated from Sydney University as a mechanical engineer with first class honours, where he held the Rolls Royce undergraduate scholarship and a position on the Dean’s list for academic merit. He also has two masters degrees in engineering. He was awarded a gold commendation by the Chief of Navy in 2017 for thought leadership in fostering innovation and collaboration in Navy, and for founding the Navy’s Centre for Innovation. Don is an active member of the institute of Engineers Australia and sits on the Sydney Division committee.

Topic: How Additive Manufacturing 3D Printing Will Upending Traditional Manufacturing

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PROF. DIMITRIOS GOKOPOULOS

Director, Key IoT Lab

Swinburne University of Technology

Prof. Georgakopoulos is the Director of the Key IoT Lab at the Digital Innovation Platform of Swinburne University of Technology. Dimitrios came to Swinburne from his roles as Research Director at CSIRO’s ICT Centre and Professor at RMIT. He is currently an adjunct professor at Australian National University and a CSIRO Adjunct Fellow. Dimitrios has also held research and management positions in several industrial labs in the USA, including Telcordia Technologies (where he helped found Telcordia’s research labs in Austin, Texas and Poznan, Poland), Microelectronics and Computer Corporation, GTE (now Verizon) Laboratories, and Bell Communications Research. Dimitrios is an internationally known expert in IoT, process management, and data management. He has won more than twenty major research awards, produced two hundred publications that have been cited 13K times, and attracted significant external research funding ($35M+) from industry and government organisations in the USA, EU, and Australia.

Topic: From Predictive Maintenance to Manufacturing Efficiency: How IIOT & Intelligent Sensors is Transforming Manufacturing to a Smart and Intelligent Landscape

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KATARINA KLARIC

Director/ Principal

Stephens Lawyers & Consultants

Katarina Klaric is a Director/Principal of Stephens Lawyers & Consultants, a boutique commercial law and business consultancy firm, with specific expertise in intellectual property, e-commerce and information technology, privacy and data protection, competition and consumer law and international trade. Katarina advises on all aspects of intellectual property law and works with her clients in developing and implementing strategies for the protection of their intellectual property. Katarina also represents clients in Court proceedings involving intellectual property ownership disputes and cases of unauthorised use or infringement of intellectual property. Katarina is also skilled in commercial business transactions and dispute resolution/litigation in all these areas.

Panel: Future of Manufacturing: The Emerging Legal Challenges

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AMER CHAUDRY

Chief Technology Officer

Boral

Amer Chaudhry is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Boral Australia, and leads the technology vision. He is responsible for leading enterprise architecture, core custom development and technical capabilities such as IoT, Integration, web and mobile. 

 Amer has design the enterprise technology landscape during the last 18 months at Boral and implemented the core platforms and capabilities e.g. integration, mobile, IoT. 

 Prior to joining Boral in 2016, Amer was in IT in the Finance industry for 12 years and led the technical strategies and enterprise/solution architecture at CBA and ING Direct. 

 Amer also worked with ING global teams on multinational/multi-million initiatives for the group, where he represented Australia and provided the thought leadership to business and technology teams.

Topic: How IIoT and Rising State of Interconnectivity are Shaking Up Traditional Manufacturing: Unlocking True Business Potential with IIoT

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BILL SKANDALAKIS

Head of Manufacturing Systems

Resmed

Bill Skandalakis is a Manufacturing Systems Manager in IT at ResMed, where he oversees the maintenance, design and development for the current manufacturing floor and for new product introductions at ResMed.

Bill has over 30 years of experience in the manufacturing and aviation industry.  In today’s complex environment manufacturers cannot rely on the old process to gather data, Bill has assisted in designing manufacturing systems that are driven by data.  Through data can an organization streamlining and improve efficiency in the manufacturing space.

Industry 4.0 Panel: Biggest Challenges and Implementation Hurdle Towards, Smart Manufacturing, AI and Robotics

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VIKRANT CHAUDHARY

Principal

A.T. Kearney

Industry 4.0 & Smart Manufacturing Roundtable: Applying Advanced Manufacturing Case Studies

 

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MICHAEL FREYNY

Executive General Manager, Digital Factory and Process Industries

Siemens

Country Division Lead for Digital Factory / Process Industries and Drives – since moving to Australia in October 2014. Prior to coming to Australia, Michael was Head of Sales of the CE (Control Components and Systems Engineering) business unit of Siemens AG. He began his career in 1992 in Energy Distribution R&D after completing his studies at the Technical University of Berlin. He is a Master of Electrical Engineering.

For the past 25 years, Michael has held senior positions in Germany, USA and now in Australia.

He is passionate about achieving goals and learning about business needs and requirements that foster success. Michael thrives on creating and maintaining a culture of performance through clear targets, teaming and open communication.

Away from the office, Michael has an interest in fitness and follows a variety of sports such as AFL, NBA & NFL.  

Topic: Big Data Analytics – How Big Data & Analytics Will Empower the Next Generation Smart Manufacturing

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ABRAHAM SAHELY

MD

Accenture

Topic: How to Implement Global Industry 4.0 Strategy to Achieve Full Connectivity and Standardization

 

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MATT TETT

Managing Director

Enex TestLab

Matt Tett is the Managing Director of Enex TestLab (www.testlab.com.au), an independent ISO17025 accredited testing laboratory with over 29 years history, ISO 9001 certification and a University heritage.

Matt is well known globally across industry and government as a highly technical straight shooter. Effectively translating complex technology to the lay-person. His organisations objective is using science to keep tech vendors honest by rigorously testing their product claims and ensuring consumer requirements are met.

Matt is the chair of IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA) Work Stream 5 – Cyber Security and Network Resilience and sits on the IoTAA Executive Council. He also serves on the Online Safety Consultative Working Group (OSCWG) for the Office of the eSafety Commissioner, the Communications Alliance Cyber Security Reference Panel (CSRP), the CSRP Fraud subgroup and the Communications Resilience Administration Industry Group (CRAIG), the Internet Australia Cyber Security SIG, and is a member of the research advisory committee for the Internet Commerce Security Laboratory at Federation University.

Matt has a deep technical background in network and security systems and he holds the following security certifications in good standing for 14+ years: CISSP, CISM, CSEPS and CISA. He holds Government and Police Contractor security clearances.

Industry 4.0 Panel: Biggest Challenges and Implementation Hurdle Towards, Smart Manufacturing, AI and Robotics

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SEAN LEADBURY

Managing Director

Packsize

Sean Ledbury is the General Manager of Asia Pacific for Packsize International and Managing Director of Packsize Pty Ltd in Australia and New Zealand.

In his current role, Sean is responsible for leading the various business functions of the Packsize business serving the needs of our increasing customer base across the Asia Pacific Region whilst also serving on the global leadership team.

Sean brings with him more than 25 years’ experience in executive management within the logistics automation industry, having managed several businesses across Asia Pacific including in China, where Sean spent 3 years living and working whilst a Director of a leading logistics automation business in that region and in addition has held several senior management positions across Asia Pacific, specialising in Logistics automation.

Throughout his career Sean has been instrumental in designing and delivering some of the most complex and technologically advanced logistics and manufacturing automated systems across the Asia Pacific region, his ability to grasp a deep understanding of a customer’s business and provide solutions to their logistics problems has positioned Sean as one of the leaders in this field. Sean is a graduate of the Sydney Institute of technology and has earned an MBA from the Australian Institute of Business.

Industry 4.0 & Smart Manufacturing Roundtable: Applying Advanced Manufacturing Case Studies

 

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MICHAEL GROGAN

Managing Director

Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre

Michael Grogan joined AMGC in 2016 as Director responsible for advancing Australian manufacturing in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania. Michael brings extensive experience having been the CEO of Sutton Tools for almost two decades. Under his leadership, Sutton Tools employed 350 workers across three locations in Victoria. In addition, he managed manufacturing facilities and operational outlets in New Zealand, Singapore and Europe. Michael launched successful joint ventures in India and the Netherlands, and boosted the company’s revenue through extending its sales reach in international markets including the USA and China.
Michael is a board member of Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC), sits on the board of Manufacturing Skills Australia and Training Taskforce, is heavily involved in Vocational Education and Training in Schools (VETiS), is a member of the School Committee of the Northern College of the Arts and Technology, and Chairman of the Inner Northern Local Learning and Employment Network (LLEN).

Keynote: Smart Manufacturing Success Stories – Championing Industry 4.0

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DR. JASON COONAN

Chief Operating Officer

Innovative Manufacturing CRC

Prior to joining IMCRC, Jason Coonan held senior roles at the Young and Well CRC and the University of Melbourne, leading industry engagement and commercialisation operations. He also worked at the law firm Davies Collison Cave, where he gained experience in intellectual property law.

Jason began his career as a neuroscientist at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research where his research focused on nervous system regeneration. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from La Trobe University and a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Intellectual Property Law from the University of Melbourne. Jason is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia.

Smart Manufacturing & Innovation Roundtable discussions: Industry 4.0 PIllars for Success

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CHRIS BRUGEAUD

CEO & Co-Owner

SSS Manufacturing and IR4

Topic: How Robotics and Automation Will Enable Factory of the Future

 

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JAMIE NEO

Director of Engineering

HP Inc.

Jamie is the Director of Engineering responsible for the manufacturing of printheads and supplies for HP’s Print Business. She is also the Manufacturing Data Analytics Lead in support of Supplies Organization’s Smart Manufacturing Initiative.

A 27-year veteran with HP Inc, she has worked in a range of functions in manufacturing – from wafer fabrication to assembly operations, quality assurance, product engineering, new product transfer, competitive intelligence and business insights. Most recently, she conceived of and set up HP’s Smart Manufacturing Application & Research Center (SMARC) in Singapore. The facility, which opened in December 2017, focuses on digital transformation and re-invention of HP Inc’s Supplies Manufacturing Lines.

She is also an executive member of HP’s Women-Impact-Network, an employee resource group that aims to create opportunities for HP Women to meet, share, learn and grow – and strengthen leadership skills.

Jamie graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Master of Science in Chemistry and holds a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management from Singapore Institute of Management.

Topic: Advanced Manufacturing and 3D Printing Case Study – How HP is taking its manufacturing processes to the next level