Speakers 2016

8th - 9th March 2016

Ronan Stephan

Former Chief Innovation Officer, Alstom, Chief Scientist, GE, GE Global Research, France

Since 2012, Dr. Ronan Stephan has been the Group Chief Innovation Officer of Alstom. In November 2015, he joined GE Global Research as Chief Scientist. Ronan Stephan (55) is a graduate engineer from ENSI engineering school and holds a PhD in physics from University of Caen (France). He began his career in 1984 with Thomson-CSF group up to 1997, then he was executive director of Brest’s Science Park from 1997 to 2002. In 2003 he was appointed Director for industrial affairs and technology transfer with the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and member of the executive board, and executive director of France Innovation Scientifique et Transfert (a technology transfer and brokerage company), a subsidiary of CNRS and OSEO. From 2005 to 2009, he was President and CEO of Compiègne University of Technology, and joined the French Ministry for higher education and research as General Director for research and innovation in 2009, where he remained until 2012.

Presenting: PI Keynote - Design for the User: From an Economy of Scale to an Economy of Choice - 9 Mar 2016, 08:30

New technologies are changing our workplaces, our practices, our homes and our communities.

Fomer Chief Innovation at Alstom, and leading  a diverse portfolio in the market place encompassing energy and mobility solutions, Ronan Stephan will give a personal appraisal on leadership, open innovation, collaboration, sustainability and what product innovation means to the end user. 

Dr Ronan Stephan will give his experiences of driving innovation on a global scale and the transformative effect innovation has on businesses and daily lives: 

  • The necessity of open innovation 
  • Building innovation and collaborative work across multiple business lines to design solutions for energy and mobility 
  • Establishing strategic partnerships beyond specific needs
  • Using “lighthouses” and “observatories”
  • Promoting sustainable innovation; sharing common metrics between different sectors of activity         
  • The diversity of GE's market place; the chance for a systemic approach to combine different practices and viewpoints across global brands