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Putting Industry 4.0 to work

Breaking through roadblocks

There’s a good reason why the Industry 4.0 hype cycle has been in overdrive for years: digitalized processes and operations are now “table stakes” if enterprises across all industries are to stay competitive. Yet while many companies have ramped up their investments in digitalization over the past two years, questions still remain. Will those investments continue post-pandemic? Have those investments paid off? What might be holding companies back from fully embracing Industry 4.0? What can we learn from their experiences?

Join our experts as they assess the current state of Industry 4.0 — and offer compelling insights into how common roadblocks can be overcome.

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Finding the right balance with Industry 4.0

Henrik von Scheel, 'father of Industry 4.0'

How do the principles of a global industrial revolution get translated into the day-to-day realities of running a business? That’s the question to be explored in this engaging keynote presentation. Get fresh thinking and practical advice on how companies are achieving the right balance between long-term perspective and short-term goals needed for Industry 4.0 success.

Solving Data and AI challenges for Industry 4.0

Everyone has heard that “data is the new oil” — and just as oil must be carefully extracted and refined, it takes real effort to uncover the true value of data. Join our panel for an insightful conversation on why data must be a key component of any digitalization strategy, covering topics such as careful consideration of the data you need and where to find it, data collection and transport, data analysis and modeling.


  • Christophe Bejina, CIO, Alcatel Submarine Networks
  • Aleksander Poniewierski, Partner, Global Digital and Emerging Technology Leader, EY Technology Consulting
  • James Zhang, VP of Market Development, PTC
  • Tuuli Ahava, Director, Application Program, Nokia

Taming the Industry 4.0 ecosystem

A successful Industry 4.0 implementation requires strong alignment across people, processes, and technology. Getting real business value requires more than just implementing technology — it’s about creating and managing an ecosystem of partners so that business processes can be more effective and efficient. In this session, our expert panelists discuss how to lower the barriers to orchestrating a winning digitalization ecosystem.


  • Michael Weller, Managing Partner, Verizon Business
  • Stéphane Sireau, VP High-Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes
  • Benjamin Brillat, Global Domain Leader, Wireless/5G and Edge Computing, Kyndryl
  • Rob Marson, Head of Business Strategy, Nokia

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Meet our speakers

Putting Industry 4.0 to work

Henrik von Sheel

Henrik von Sheel, 'father of Industry 4.0'

The ‘father of Industry 4.0’, Henrik credits his success in the field to a schoolteacher who noticed his ability to see overarching patterns in complex information. This aptitude for the big picture – and cutting through the complexity – makes his entertaining insights into Industry 4.0 invaluable.

Christophe Bejina

Christophe Bejina, CIO, Alcatel Submarine Network

As the CIO of ASN (Alcatel Submarine Networks) since 2020, Christophe has been in charge of all the IT programs and services, delivering to all the business entities: R&D, sales, project execution, production, services, marine and support functions. Christophe’s top priorities in this role are digital transformation, IT infrastructure renewal and IS security policy. Between 2016 and 2020, Christophe successively led the global transformation programs for Nokia as well as the Portfolio & Program management function for Group IT. Prior to this and during multiple years, Christophe occupied various R&D leadership functions with Matra, Nortel and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), enriched by a two-years experience as an associate within the Corporate Strategy organization at ALU.

Aleksander Poniewierski

Aleksander Poniewierski, Partner, Global Digital and Emerging Technology Leader EY Technology Consulting

Aleksander is the EY Global Digital and Emerging Technology Leader, responsible for leading consulting services. In this role he is focused on the development of strategy, design and implementation of the new business model utilizing emerging technologies. Recognized by IoT World as the IoT Solutions Leader of the Year 2020. Before joining EY, Aleksander was responsible for managing IT security at telecommunication companies.

Aleksander is a recognized author of bestselling publication on the dynamics of technology in the current age, author of many articles, as well as a renowned keynote speaker at multiple conferences related to Digital Business, Cybersecurity and New Technologies. He is the author of the book “SPEED no limits in the digital era” (

He is an active lecturer at some of the most prestigious Universities in the world incl. Stanford University, UT Dallas, SGH, SSoE. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Business at the University of Texas at Dallas (UDT). Aleksander received his Ph.D. in Economics from Poznan University of Economics. Additionally, he has participated in many Executive Programs provided by Harvard Business School, Stanford, Carnegie Mellon University and LMD University.

James Zhang

James Zhang, Vice President, Market Development, IoT Solutions

James Zhang is the Vice President of Market Development, IoT Solutions at PTC. In this role, James works to prioritize, build, and deliver high impact IoT and analytics solutions with focused in manufacturing, service, and engineering organizations. His responsibilities include market strategy, product strategy and go-to-market strategy.

Michael Weller

Michael Weller, Senior Innovation Advisor, Verizon Business Group

Michael Weller is a Senior Innovation Advisor at Verizon Business Group in the Manufacturing/Energy/Utility Practice. Michael has extensive experience in Technology Strategy, Customer Experience and Interaction Technologies, Innovation Strategy and Development, Network and IoT Consulting, Computer Vision/Video Analytics, Professional Services & Digital Transformation.

Michael’s mission is to enable our customers to be the disruptors, not the disrupted, in today's digital world. He works with some of the largest global manufacturers across a variety of industry sectors. Michael’s knowledge and perspective of the intersection (not convergence!) of Information Technology and Operational Technology is increasingly requested by Verizon’s customers.

Michael is highly skilled at drawing out unspoken needs and defining digital experience initiatives with a human-centric focus. Whether it is incremental innovation or dramatic disruption, every successful digital project should lead to meaningful interactions and a slightly better place for all of us. Because better matters.

He is known as a relentlessly inquisitive and creative partner with an ability to link possibilities with business impacts that enable clients to successfully move forward with strategic initiatives and support desired business outcomes. This distinctive client engagement model has led to some of Verizon’s most innovative “above the network” use cases and deployments.

Stéphane Sireau

Stéphane Sireau, Vice President, High-Tech Industry, Dassault Systèmes

Stéphane Sireau is Vice President, High-Tech Industry, at Dassault Systèmes, helping high-tech companies on their digital transformation journey, leveraging virtual twin experiences enabled by the 3DEXPERIENCE® platform.

Stéphane Sireau has over 20 years’ experience working in the high-tech space. Based in Silicon Valley, he led the launch in 2016 of GE Digital’s alliance program in Europe to create new cloud-based industrial IOT solutions. In 2012 he co-founded Orange Mobile Enterprise, Orange’s business unit dedicated to mobility and IOT solutions.

As a globally minded executive, Stéphane has lived and worked in the USA, Europe and Asia. In 2009 Stéphane set up Orange Institute, a global think-tank dedicated to digital innovation. Prior to that, he worked 4 years in China where he pioneered Orange’s supply chain management in Asia, including its first program of sustainability audits.

In his latest role, Stéphane worked at DNV, one of the world’s leading assurance companies, where he led global sales of digital assurance, sustainability and supply chain solutions. Stéphane is a British-French dual national and lives in the Paris region. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics (LSE) and is a graduate of ICADE-ICAI (Spain). He received an Executive MBA with distinction from INSEAD and Tsinghua University (China) in 2009.

Benjamin T. Brillat

Benjamin T. Brillat, Global Domain Leader, Wireless/5G and Edge Computing Kyndryl, Inc.

Benjamin is the Global Domain Leader for 5G/Enterprise Wireless & Edge Computing in Kyndryl’s Advisory & Implementation Services. He is responsible for creating the technical solutions and reference architectures to provide wireless network services to industrial campuses, factories, ports, mines, stadiums, retailers, and more. Prior to this role, Benjamin was the Chief Technology Architect for IBM’s Sports and Entertainment Services. Ben has spent over 20 years with IBM/Kyndryl, holds a degree in Computer Science from Rensselaer in Troy, NY, and is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Emeritus. He currently resides in central Pennsylvania with his wife and 6-year-old son

Tuuli Ahava

Tuuli Ahava, Director Application Program, CNS EnSo Application Program, Nokia

Tuuli is a digital automation leader at Nokia, currently leading business around newly launched Nokia MX Industrial Edge for realizing Industry 4.0 promise. She believes in collaboration, ecosystems, and the power of sharing. Whether it's the opportunities IIoT, cloud and AI can provide, or the importance of using technologies to build a more sustainable, better world, she is all in. Appreciating tech geeks, admiring "doing vs. talking", and always ready to ask even the stupid question.

Tweet me at @tuuli_ahava

Rob Marson

Rob Marson, Head of BA Business Strategy, CNS BA Business Strategy, Nokia

Rob Marson is responsible for Business Applications Strategy within Nokia’s Cloud and Network Services Business unit. Rob and his team are leading new approaches to software-driven value creation and ecosystem enablement including a new initiative called Nokia IGNITE. which focuses on accelerating innovation through collaboration with complementary partners and customers. It standardizes and scales our approach towards collaboration and is part of our overall technology leadership strategy leveraging open digital architectures, capability exposure through APIs and new business models. This builds on concepts Rob launched while part of Nokia’s Emerging Products Unit in Nokia Optical Networking business group.

Previously, Rob was head of strategy for Nokia’s cybersecurity product unit within the Nokia Software business group. In this role he was responsible for portfolio and strategic marketing, market assessment, launches, and marketing strategies in support of new business development and expansion.

Rob joined Nokia via its acquisition of Nakina Systems where he was Vice President of marketing and strategy. As part of the executive team Rob directed the company to its successful acquisition by Nokia. He has previously held senior management positions at a number of market leading public technology companies.

Chris Johnson

Nokia host: Chris Johnson, VP Enterprise Business

Chris is a veteran sales and business leader who heads Nokia’s Global Enterprise business, focusing on sales and delivery to Transportation, Energy, Manufacturing, Logistics, Public Sector, and other key segments around the world.

He is a passionate champion of Industry 4.0 and industrial digitalization with a deep understanding of how they can bring resilience, productivity, and sustainability to even the most asset-intensive physical industries. Drawing on his experience defining business strategies, developing teams, executing initiatives, and driving profitable growth, Chris helps Nokia enterprise customers unlock new business models and build capacity for long-term success.

Amber Mac

Event moderator: Amber Mac


Amber has keynoted more than 400 events around the world and has moderated sessions with: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau; former FBI Director James Comey; business coach Tony Robbins; famed astronaut Chris Hadfield; and many other notable leaders. In 2010, she wrote the national bestselling business book Power Friending (Portfolio: New York) and in 2016, she co-wrote the Amazon bestseller, Outsmarting Your Kids Online.

Amber has hosted and co-hosted a variety of podcast series, including The AI Effect (presented by Accenture), Marketing Disrupted, The Feed, commandN, and The Amber Mac Show. She is a regular business host and expert for Fast Company, CNN, Bloomberg, CBS, BNN, CTV, The Marilyn Denis Show, and SiriusXM (where she co-hosts #TheFeed). Plus, in 2018, she was named one of DMZ’s 30 inspirational women making a difference in technology.

Amber Mac started her career in San Francisco and Boston during the dot-com boom. As a strategist for Razorfish and Director of Marketing for an e-procurement software company, she spent four years in the technology start-up trenches. Amber left the start-up world to join Microsoft to build one of the first female-focused lifestyle portals. In 2006, she started her own digital agency. The company’s first client was world-renowned business coach, Tony Robbins, and now includes Microsoft, Google, GE, Paypal, Nintendo, Canada Goose, and Fast Company, and many more leading organizations.