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Plenary Key-Notes & Roundtables

We are proud to announce outstanding keynotes for our plenary session. The keynotes will participate in our panel sessions Future Mobility in an Urban Environment, Future Work, Advanced Production, Digital Healthcare, and Entrepreneurship. We were able to acquire a selection of thought leading innovation managers, CEOs, scholars, politicians, and entrepreneurs in these fields. 

Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut, Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing, State of Baden-Württemberg
Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut was born in 1972 in Balingen. After her A-Levels at the Balingen Grammar School, she studied business administration at the University of Tübingen and in 1998 completed her degree with the qualification Graduate in Business Administration. In 2001 she received her PhD from the University of Würzburg. The economics graduate began her time in London at the investment bank Morgan Stanley; after this, she worked until 2005 as an analyst at Ernst & Young in London and Frankfurt. Since 2006, she has been living in Balingen again with her family. Since 1998, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut has been a shareholder of Bizerba GmbH & Co. KG where, from 2014 until her inauguration as minister in May 2016, she was a member of the supervisory board of the fifth-generation family-run business. Since May 2016 she has had a seat in the state parliament of Baden-Württemberg – having been elected by direct mandate by the constituency of Balingen. On 12 May 2016, Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut was appointed Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing for the state of Baden-Württemberg.
Anke Kleinschmit, Vice President  Group Research & Sustainability Chief Environmental Officer, Daimler AG
Anke Kleinschmit was born 1967 in Esslingen, Germany. After her studies in precision mechanics/mechatronics with focus on Electrical Engineering at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences, in 1992 Kleinschmit completed her diploma thesis at Mercedes-Benz. Anke Kleinschmit then joined Daimler AG in 1992 and worked on designing and evaluating measurement tools. She became team leader in the area of passive safety, belts and airbags for small vehicles. In 2002, Anke Kleinschmit moved into the Research Department as Senior Manager for powertrain controls, future powertrain E/E systems and innovative drive systems. In 2006 she held the position of head of the Development Department for wiring harness and electrical system dimensioning, before she took over drive system electronics MBC as Director in 2009. There Kleinschmit focused on product development of powertrain E/E components and ECUs as well as powertrain functions software.  From March 2014 Anke Kleinschmit was responsible for the Competence Center of Transmissions as Director. In January 2015 she was appointed Vice President of Group Research and Sustainability and Chief Environmental Officer of Daimler AG.
Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth, Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs, Karlsruher Insitut for Technology (KIT)
Textfeld:Thomas Hirth was born in Michelbach/Rastatt, Germany in 1962. He studied chemistry at Universität Karlsruhe (TH) in Germany, one of the predecessors of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), and then graduated in Karlsruhe at the Institute of Physical Chemistry and Electrochemistry. From 1992 to 2007, Thomas Hirth worked at Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology ICT in Pfinztal, Germany holding different  positions from postdoctoral research fellow to product manager for environmental  engineering. In December 2007, he moved to Stuttgart, Germany to become the  Director of Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology. Since  2008, he in addition has been professor at the University of Stuttgart and head of the  Institute of Interfacial Process Engineering and Plasma Technology. 
Since 2012, Thomas Hirth has been vice-dean of the Faculty of Energy-, Process-, and  Bio-Engineering at the University of Stuttgart. Since January 2012, he has been member of the Presidential Committee of Fraunhofer Institutszentrum Stuttgart. Moreover, he  is  scientific coordinator of the BioEconomy Leading-edge Cluster and took over the presidency of the steering committee in the research program “Bioökonomie Baden-Württemberg” in 2014. Since early 2013, Thomas Hirth has been presiding over the Renewable Energies Advisory Board at KIT.
Since January 01, 2016, he has been Vice President for Innovation and International Affairs of KIT.

Dr. Volker Nestle, Head of Corporate Research at TRUMPF / Chairman of the Board at Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft, Trumpf, GmbH & Co. KG
Textfeld: Dr. Volker Nestle has an engineering background in precision- and microtechnologies and worked many years for Festo AG & Co. KG as a research engineer before he joined an Executive Master of  Business Innovation programme and consecutive doctoral studies at the European  Business School in Oestrich-Winkel. In 2010 he received his doctoral degree for his  research about Open Innovation processes in technology clusters. Until the end of  2016, he was head of Research Future Technology at Festo and subsequently joined TRUMPF GmbH + Co. KG as head of Corporate Research up to the present. Since  2009, he has been working as a consultant for technology clusters and networks in  freelance work. Since 2014, Dr. Nestle is also chairman of the board of Hahn-  Schickard-Gesellschaft for applied research, prosecuting three research institutes for application-oriented research on innovative solutions in micro technology. Beyond his activities in technology scouting and the relevance of technological trends for industrial production his current fields of interest are about the implications of digitalization on the manufacturing trade and the subsequent transformation in the working environment

Prof. Dr. Martin Kenney, University of Califorina, Davis
Textfeld:Martin Kenney is a Distinguished Professor of Community and Regional Development at the University of California, Davis; a Senior Project Director at the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy; Senior Fellow at the Research Institute for the Finnish Economy, and in 2017 was an Affiliated Professor at the Instituto di Management at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna.  He  as the Arthur Andersen Distinguished Visitor at the University of Cambridge. He has been a visiting scholar at the Copenhagen Business School, Hitotsubashi, Kobe, Stanford, Tokyo Universities, and UC San Diego. His scholarly interests are in the impacts of online platforms on corporate strategy, entrepreneurial high-technology regions, technology transfer, the venture capital industry, and industrial structures and labor relations. He co-authored or edited seven books and 160 scholarly articles. His first book Biotechnology: The University-Industrial Complex was published by Yale University Press. His most recent co-edited books are Public Universities and Regional Growth (Stanford University Press translated into Chinese for Tsinghua University Press) and China’s Innovation Challenge (Cambridge University Press translated into Chinese for Beijing University Press). Earlier books Understanding Silicon Valley, and Locating Global Advantage were published by Stanford University Press where he edits the book series Innovation and Technological Change in the Global Economy.  He is a receiving editor at the world’s premier innovation research journal, Research Policy and edits a Stanford University book series on innovation and technology.  In 2015, he received the University of California Office of the President’s Award for Outstanding Faculty Leadership in Presidential Initiatives.  His research has been funded by the NSF, the Kauffman, Sloan, and Matsushita Foundations, among others.  He has published articles in the American Sociological Review, California Management Review, Economic Geography, Journal of Economic Geography, and Research Policy, among others. He has given over 500 talks at universities, government agencies, and corporations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America.

24th ICE / IEEE ITMC Conference 2018

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