The mission of the Innovation Club is to inspire and empower managers across all business sectors to innovate in order to make the life of their customers better and to create profitable growth for their companies.
Our planned events will host leaders who share their success stories of their innovation initiatives and participants who want to get inspired and to learn how did they do it.
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How to set up a successful corporate innovation function?
Thu, 16 December @ 12.30 – 13.30 PM
Over the last few years, more and more companies started to understand that innovation is key to growth. Many of them started to build their internal innovation capabilities, however only very few managed to get beyond buzzwords and “innovation theatre”.
Orbia (www.orbia.com) is an example of a very successful transformation which managed to build an internal innovation system that generates sustainable and profitable growth.
Formerly known as Mexichem, Orbia is a global group of companies bound by a shared purpose – to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges, amongst which feeding the world sustainably, better managing the water systems, making cities more livable, empowering communities with data or making health more accessible.
Shai Albaranes is the Corporate VP of Innovation and Ventures at Orbia (www.orbia.com) a large public multinational and a global leader in agriculture, water infrastructure, fiber optics, energy storage materials, and polymers. Among other things, Shai is responsible for Orbia Ventures, the $130m corporate VC of Orbia. He will share from his experience on how they built their innovation capabilities, what they achieved so far and what practical advice he has for top leaders who want to build successful innovation ecosystems – all in an engaging discussion format.
Our previous events
Innovation in Food
Avec Damien Toulouse, restaurant entrepreneur – Dam Sum and Can Tho (MBA D07) and Laurent Vermer – Kharis Capital (MBA D02)
The food sector has been going through rapid changes over the last few years. Trends such increasing demand for organic food, locally sourced, ESG goals, digitalisation and technology have shaped existing companies and value chains, and brought new players to the market, while COVID-19 just accelerated everything as never seen before.
Insitutionalise innovation activity and keep innovation spirit?
With Oana-Maria Pop, Head of Open Innovation at Hype, and Laurent Kinet, Co-founder & CEO at Novable
Innovation is a key driver for growth. Increasingly, companies have started to build or expand their innovation capabilities, but some of their activities are still very little innovative on their own. Because innovation is often seen as a creative process, “institutionalising” it may sound counter-intuitive or even dangerous. What practice shows, however, is that having structures and processes in place can help make innovation efforts more effective and sustainable.
Cell & Gene Therapy – What societal impact?
With Philippe de Pougnadoresse, Country President for Novartis Belgium
New advances in cell & gene therapies offer the potential to transform medicine. They create an inflection point in our ability to treat and even potentially cure many intractable illnesses. We discussed some of the societal questions those transformative therapies raise.
Two innovation perspectives for bringing electric vehicles to market
With Carl-Magnus Norden, founder of Volta Trucks, and Timothy Manuel, Managing Director Eastern Europe at Groupe Renault
The increasing number of vehicles on the road, especially in urban areas, poses huge challenges, from environmental damage to traffic congestion and safety. Various actors in this complex ecosystem are taking different approaches to solve them. With great improvements in the quality of batteries and decreasing costs, the EVs (electric vehicles) seem to be among the preferred solutions.
Beyond Open Innovation: innovation adjustments in unpredictable times
With John van der Linden, former Global Open Innovation Manager for Procter & Gamble
Open Innovation has served Procter & Gamble really well – get an insider look of what worked, what did not, but also how further (large) adjustments will be required to drive superior innovation in the future – for corporates & start-ups.