ir. Douwe Lycklama, INNOPAY
Douwe is one of the thought leaders in the ecosystem of ‘digital transactions’, shaping breakthrough business and market innovations, standards and schemes. He is Founding Partner at INNOPAY, a consultancy firm for digital transactions with operations in Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Berlin and Stockholm. Its head office is located in The Netherlands, where INNOPAY has the #1 market position. INNOPAY’s team includes more than 50 experienced domain experts who regularly advise a wide range of global organisations.
Prof. Dr. Michael Henke, Fraunhofer IML
Michael is Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund and holds the Chair in Enterprise Logistics (LFO) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at TU Dortmund University, Germany. Furthermore, he is Adjunct Professor for Supply Chain Management at the School of Business and Management of Lappeenranta University of Technology in Finland. His research focuses inter alia on Management of Industrie 4.0 and Platform Economy, Blockchain and Smart Contracts, Financial Supply Chain Management, Supply Chain Risk Management, Procurement, Logistics and Supply Chain Management. Doing this he is combining his practical experience from entrepreneurial practice and his extensive knowledge from research. Michael Henke studied Brewing and Beverage Technology (Dipl.-Ing.) and gained his doctorate and habilitation in Business and Economics at Technical University of Munich, Germany. During and after his habilitation, he worked for the Supply Management Group SMG in St. Gallen, Switzerland. From 2007 until 2013 he was active in teaching and research as a professor at EBS European Business School.
Patrick Poeten, Head of IDS Delivery and Support Center, Fraunhofer ISST
Patrick is Head of the IDS Delivery and Support Center and responsible for the project management of the lighthouse project „Industrial Data Space“ at the Fraunhofer Institute for Software and Systems Engineering ISST. As part of his position, he is helping industry partners from various sectors to successfully understand and implement the IDS functional overview. Patrick is a M.Sc. in Industrial Engineering with focus on energy and process technology. Before moving to Fraunhofer, he spent most of his career in the nuclear energy industry, holding positions in project management and business development.
Louis de Bruin, IBM
Louis is Blockchain Leader for IBM Global Business Services in Europe. He is closely involved in IBM's Food Trust program where IBM works with companies that are world leaders in retail and CPG to dramatically improve transparency in the food chain. Another similar program he is engaged with is Global Trade Digitization, aimed to reduce the flow of physical documentation accompanying goods and the time required to clear goods from source to destination. He leads a number of Blockchain development projects such as the formation of a Blockchain consortium that includes insurance companies and government institutions such as a Vehcile Licensing Agency and Police to provide the public a solution that reduces vehicle related crime, based on the award winning Bikeblockchain, that IBM co-developed. He has been appointed to the Strategic Adivsory Board of the Centre for Resilience Engineering of the four collaborating Technical Universities in the Netherlands. Louis is board member of the WSB foundation that drives the adoption of renewable energy and actively works with schools and universities to help young people to build a future with sustainable energy. He frequently speaks at international Blockchain events and as guest lecturer he teaches at universities throughout Europe and acts as advisor to government officials and Members of (European) Parliament.
Dr. Thomas Endress, Director New Business Builder, Merck KGaA
Dr. Thomas Endress is heading a technology start-up at Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. This digital venture builds on the companies’ performance materials business and leverages the security materials portfolio for IoT and T&T solutions in Pharma, Life Science and other safety-oriented industries. A novel combination of security materials, cryptography and specific types of Blockchain technologies are at the center of a solution that is intended to become a new business for the company. Thomas brings extensive business and technology expertise and is inventor of core technologies behind this Blockchain real world use-case. The last 10 years Thomas worked as corporate executive exclusively in strategy and business development e.g. as Director Group Strategy at Merck and as Director New Business Areas at Carl Zeiss Group. He started his career in management consulting, holds a Diploma in Physical Chemistry and Computer Sciences and a PhD from the University Munich in Quantum-Optics.
Starting his career as System Analyst for Panasonic, Florian quickly took over leading IT positions in the logistics industry. Florian was leading major JIT/JIS automation projects for Audi & Volkswagen. Besides that, he founded two successful tech companies in 2005 and 2010. Currently, Florian is heading the innovation activities at Imperial Logistics, a global provider of Transport and Supply Chain Solutions with an annual turnover of € 7,4 billion. He's a venture capitalist with a strong focus on the blockchain industry and co-founded plusdecentral.com.
Aljosja Beije MSc, Logistics and Technology Lead of Blocklab
Aljosja is a MSc in Quantitative Business Economics from Erasmus University and is currently the Logistics and Technology Lead of Blocklab, an R&D outfit for blockchain technology. He’s also a PhD candidate at the Politecnico di Milano and entrepreneur.
Jörn Leogrande, Executive Vice President Innovation Labs, Wirecard AG
Jörn Leogrande is Executive Vice President Innovation and Value Added Services at [Wirecard AG] (https://www.wirecard.com/), a global leader in online payment technology for all sales channels. Jörn is responsible for product innovations in the area of banking, payment and financial technology. Wirecard AG is a global company offering secure electronic payment methods. Using outsourcing and white label solutions, Wirecard provides an end-to-end payment infrastructure. Wirecard AG is listed on the Frankfurt Securities Exchange.