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Khama Sheila

Khama Sheila

Independent consultant

EU-Africa partnerships on sustainable raw material value chains

EU-Africa partnerships on sustainable raw material value chains

"The Communication ‘Towards a comprehensive Strategy with Africa’ adopted last March recognises the need of ‘enhanced cooperation between the EU and Africa on a responsible raw materials sector, secure and clean industrial value chains, respecting ambitious environmental and climate standards’. The action plan on critical raw materials proposes developing strategic international partnerships and associated funding to secure a diversified and sustainable supply of critical raw materials, including through undistorted trade and investment conditions, starting with pilot partnerships with Canada, interested countries in Africa and the EU’s neighbourhood in 2021. This panel will aim to mobilize the EU industry and raising its awareness on the ambition of developing strategic partnerships with a number of African countries. These partnerships will build industrial value chains’ integration between the EU and African countries and cover extraction, processing, refining and metal recycling. Partnerships aim at improving the sustainability and create value added in the raw materials sectors in Africa, as drivers for economic and social development and to deliver on the energy transition and the green economy. Outcome of the panel will build on the EU-Africa Business Forum."

26 Feb 2021 | 10:50 - 12:20

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Khama Sheila

Sheila Khama is an independent consultant, a minerals, oil and gas policy advisor, an author, podcast host with more than two decades’ work experience. Sheila is a former executive of Anglo American Corporation and De Beers Groups in Botswana. She has extensive knowledge of the mining industry, the Africa business environment and sustainability challenges in mineral, oil and gas industries. She worked for the World Bank and African Development Bank’s mineral, oil and gas policy advisory units leading teams of experts advising governments in Africa, Latin America and Central Asia.
Sheila is a non-executive director Tullow Oil, a FTSE 250 company, a board member of the Mandela Institute of Development Studies and the Development Partner Institute. She serves on the Sustainability Panel of LafargeHolcim, the Advisory Boards of Columbia University Centre for Sustainable Investments, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Networks and the Audit Committee of the UN Office of Operations. She is a former of CEO of De Beers Botswana and served as a non-executive director of several companies including the world’s largest producer of gem diamonds by value, Debswana. She has served on the Sustainability Panel of AngloGold Ashanti, Technical Committee of Oxford University’s Natural Resources Charter among others. She has lived and worked in Botswana, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Tunisia, the UK and USA.

Khidureli Mikheil

Khidureli Mikheil

CEO, Enterprise Georgia, Georgia

Session - Value chain integration: EU and the Neighbourhood countries

Session - Value chain integration: EU and the Neighbourhood countries

"As a response to the Covid crisis, some EU businesses are reconsidering their value chains, where some strategic products would be manufactured on the European continent and its proximity. How can we leverage our geographical and cultural proximity with the Eastern and Southern Neighbours to bring manufacturing closer, diversify and ultimately achieve greater open strategic autonomy? What would it take in terms of regulatory alignment, business environment and EU policy engagement? Improving the business environment, rule of law, and regulatory aspects on goods production has been for several years an area where the EU is encouraging the neighbourhood partners to progress – and many of which do. What more can and needs to be done? The Commission has also been working on how to strengthen the support of European foreign direct investment for SMEs in the region via European equity. Particularly on regulatory aspects, benefits from better regulatory alignment could influence the choice of investors to integrate parts of their production line from neighbouring countries. What role could alignment processes (e.g. Agreements on Conformity Assessment and Acceptance of Industrial Products) play in this regard? While some countries are quite advanced in this process, others see more challenges for their economic and regulatory environment. What options could be leveraged to mutually benefit the relevant ecosystems?"

26 Feb 2021 | 10:50 - 12:20

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Khidureli Mikheil

Mikheil is the CEO of “Enterprise Georgia” - a government economic development Agency operating under Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia. Prior to his appointment as the head of the Agency in early 2018, he served as a Founder/ Partner of SavvY Consulting and SavvY Education , which specializes in investor relationship, executive management, business development, coaching and leadership. He has more than 7 years experience of middle and executive level management. He has worked on Multi-billion projects around the world as a project manager at SHARD Skyscraper construction project in London and New Doha Int. Airport Construction project in Qatar. Furthermore, Mikheil has worked as a Director of Business Development in large infrastructure company Saunders Group and as a Deputy CEO of a successful giant US start up company ,,Driveshift". He has also been a head of Business development department at United Airports Georgia. Mikheil's main areas of focus are: Entrepreneurship support; SME development; Investment Promotion; Project Management; Startup Growth Management; Online Business; Investment Portfolio; Aviation; Construction; 

Kitzweger Joseph

Kitzweger Joseph

Director Sustainable Development Lafarge Zementwerke GmbH

Fostering resilient regional ecosystems to decarbonise industry

Fostering resilient regional ecosystems to decarbonise industry

For Europe‘s industry to reach climate neutrality, we need to tackle several main challenges.  This session aims to identify these barriers and give a way forward for the industry to successfully lead this transition. One of these challenges is to diminish the innovation gaps from Research and Development investments to the deployment of new technologies in Industrial eco-systems. 
Leveraging and exploiting the synergies between manufacturing companies and sectors in order to optimise resource and energy management on a regional level and beyond will be one of the most important drivers for decarbonisation. Increased cost efficiency and resource productivity as well as technological and process-related innovation resulting from industrial sector coupling are also particularly critical in the context of the current economic crisis. Stimulating a circular and materials efficient economy is also one of the main challenges.

24 Feb 2021 | 14:00 - 15:30
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Kitzweger Joseph

Joseph Kitzweger, Director Sustainable Development Lafarge Zementwerke GmbH, AT (Speaker)

CAREER
LafargeHolcim Austria
Director Sustainable Development
Since 2020        
Vienna / Austria

Lafarge Ciment France
Industrial Director
2018-2019
Paris-Clamart, France

Plant Manager
Lafarge Plant Mannersdorf
2012-2017         
Austria            

Performance & Investment Director 
Lafarge CE & CIS Region / Europe Technical Center
2009-2012
Vienna, Austria

Performance Director 
Lafarge Middle East Region / CTEC Centre Technique Europe Central
2006-2009         
Vienna, Austria

Plant Manager
Lafarge Plant Sötenich
2003-2006
Germany         
             
Operational Improvement Manager 
Lafarge Plant Halkis
2002
Greece

Kornmann Hans

Kornmann Hans

CEO Divitel

Regions in industrial transition: making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems

Regions in industrial transition: making digital work for SMEs in regional innovation ecosystems

Organiser: Vanguard Initiative Discuss the opportunities for digital solutions for industrial SMEs with us during this workshop and online. Regions all over Europe are key drivers in the twin transitions of greening and digitalisation to shape the future strong European industrial value Chains. We discuss the opportunities of the European Digital Strategy and the Industrial Strategy with the EC. We learn from regional examples connected in the Vanguard Initiative and Eurada.

26 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15
Activity 3 : Climate neutrality

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Kovacs Peter

Kovacs Peter

Head of Unit, DG Trade

Between competitiveness and protectionism – what does the future of European trade look like?

Between competitiveness and protectionism – what does the future of European trade look like?

Organiser: EuroCommerce " The main goal of this session is to create a common understanding of the importance of free global trade and the dangers that nationalism and protectionism pose to our businesses and our society. Protectionism has grown over recent years, causing tensions with many key EU trading partners. Trade policy is increasingly used as a vehicle to export non-trade related issues such as human rights or environmental goals. At the same time, the use of EU trade defense measures has increased, and there are calls to further strengthen and expand their use. The new trade reality has a significant impact on the competitiveness of the EU, and the EU should avoid pressures to follow suit. Instead, the focus should lie on intensifying the efforts in reaching free trade agreements with like-minded countries around the world. The debate on the future of European trade will be approached from different angles by speakers representing the academic, political and economic perspectives. In a discussion between the speakers and the participants of the EU Industry Days it will be debated, if the future of European trade lies in protectionism or free trade."

26 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15
Activity 3 : Climate neutrality

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Krein Axel

Krein Axel

Executive Director of the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking

Fly high, fly green - climate-neutral aviation by 2050 - inspirational talk

Fly high, fly green - climate-neutral aviation by 2050 - inspirational talk

24 Feb 2021 | 12:00 - 12:15
Activity 2 : Circular economy

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Krein Axel

Axel Krein - Executive Director, Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking Since February 2019, Axel Krein is the Executive Director of Clean Sky, the European Public-Private Partnership developing innovative, cutting-edge technology aimed at reducing CO2, gas emissions and noise levels produced by aircraft. Prior to Clean Sky, Axel’s career started in Airbus in Hamburg in 1992. He held various positions including heading the Cyber Security Program Directorate (September 2014-January 2019); Senior Vice President Research & Technology (2007-2014); Senior Vice President Strategic Development (2004-2007); and Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer (2000-2004). Axel holds a Masters in Mechanical Engineering/Aerospace Engineering from the Technical University of Aachen and worked at the university in the field of hypersonic space transportation.
Krohn Traaseth Anita

Krohn Traaseth Anita

Former CEO Innovation Norway - Member of the EIC Advisory Board

European Innovation Council

European Innovation Council

" Highly innovative SMEs with potential for high growth can take full advantage of partnering opportunities. Finding the right partner can generate great competitive benefits for small businesses. The European Innovation Council (EIC) stimulates strong collaboration between the innovative companies it funds and large corporates, investors, technology giants and industrial leaders to spur new partnerships and help small companies scale-up their business. Speakers from the Commission and multinational companies will cover how bridging the gap between start-ups/scale-ups and large companies can prove to be a vital strategy for business acceleration and growth."

24 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45

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Krohn Traaseth Anita

Former CEO Innovation Norway - Member of the EIC Advisory Board
Anita is a Norwegian business executive, writer and former CEO of Innovation Norway (from 2014-2019). As the head of Innovation Norway, one of the Norwegian Government's most important instrument for innovation and development of Norwegian enterprises and industry, she also oversaw the important role as National Contact point for SMEs in Horizon 2020. 

Under her lead, Norwegian companies were highly successful in securing an important place in EU programs such as the SME instrument. 

Kuom Matthias

Kuom Matthias

Policy Officer, European Commission

Digital Europe programme & Digital Innovation Hubs

Digital Europe programme & Digital Innovation Hubs

"Since the Digitalising European Industry initiative in 2016, the Commission has been supporting the creation of many Digital Innovation Hubs. In 2021, the Commission, hand in hand with Member States, is further gearing up to support the digitalisation of Europe’s economy. Digital Innovation Hubs play a central and active role to ensure resilience in our industrial and economic landscapes. The heart of the session is devoted to what they offer and how the Digital Europe Programme will support them. We will explain the crucial role of European Digital Innovation Hubs for Europe’s economic recovery and resilience. The session will also introduce the Digital Europe Programme, including some of its specific elements such as Industrial Data Spaces. The goal is to exchange ideas and best practices, and learn how to become an active part of these initiatives of Europe’s digital industrial policy."

25 Feb 2021 | 12:30 - 13:45
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Källo Raul

Källo Raul

CEO & Founder of Viveo Health

Session - Data 4 Healthy Recovery

Session - Data 4 Healthy Recovery

Data 4 Healthy Recovery The main goal of the session will be to raise awareness on the topic and launch Data 4 Healthy Recovery Hackathon. During the Data 4 Healthy Recovery Hackathon in June 2021 participants will design the concepts and build the prototypes to solve key smart health challenges of European health care market players and make their contribution for long-term social and economic recovery.

25 Feb 2021 | 15:45 - 17:15

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Källo Raul

Raul Källo CEO & Founder of Viveo Health with a mission of making healthcare accessible to 1 billion people by 2025. E-health innovator with regional offices in Europe, South East Asia, South America and Africa. Seasoned entrepreneur with 22 years executive competence in global insurance industry with corporate experience in US, EU and CEE.

Langer Marie

Langer Marie

CEO, EOS GmbH

From crisis to opportunity: Digital solutions for a sustainable economic recovery

From crisis to opportunity: Digital solutions for a sustainable economic recovery

Organiser: CECIMO "This session will focus on the uptake of new digital technologies and their impact on economic, social, behavioural and business opportunities, critical areas to achieve economic growth and sustainable development. It will discuss how to ensure and maximize the benefits of digital technologies for a sustainable economic recovery. The event is meant to be an exchange of views on the new business processes and models needed to speed up the uptake of disruptive technologies in the manufacturing sector. We will address the issue of cultural change and other challenges companies and their workforce face while implementing and using digital solutions."

25 Feb 2021 | 10:45 - 12:15
Activity 1 : Advanced Technologies

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Langer Marie

Marie Langer, second founder generation, is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EOS since 2019, driving the strategic direction of EOS and its subsidiaries. Her key goals are: digitization of production and integration of industrial 3D printing into the digital value chain of production; the further industrialization of 3D printing for series production. And she is passionately driving a corporate concept combining innovation and sustainability with the aim of enabling a responsible manufacturing.