Benjamin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and an M.B.A from the University of Akron. In his current role, Benjamin leads the strategic consulting division of Smithers Information in North America. This division works with clients to gather a deep understanding of their business goals, and to develop in-depth research programs to provide visibility into markets and niches. This process is designed to dig deep into a wide variety of industries and topics, gather insights, and provide an unbiased view of the key challenges faced by our clients. These efforts allow our clients to evaluate their strategic plans and make decisions based upon credible data and analysis, supported by robust research conclusions and recommendations.
James leads insight and innovation for Cambridge Design Partnership across major CPG food and drink clients, with responsibility for ‘joining up the dots’ between consumer needs and breakthrough packaging innovation. James helps clients tackle their biggest challenges, with a resolute passion for improving brands and businesses, by overcoming the barriers and unlocking opportunities to move toward a sustainable circular economy.
James has over 25 years of experience in the innovation and design industry, working for leaders in brand consulting and pack design, such as Landor Associates and Design Bridge prior to CDP.
Over the last 20 years, Lou has acted as an IoT solution and technology consultant enabling the likes of Intel, Walmart, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Costco and Nike with RFID and BLE technology. He has been published in several articles and an invited speaker for industry webinars covering Supply Chain optimization and food safety. Today, Lou applies his background to Wiliot's mission to make every single thing an agent of change using ubiquitous BLE technology to transform manufacturing, distribution, and utilization for a minimum waste, full trust, perfectly timed world.
Navjeet Chhina is the CEO of Genius Ventures Inc, an augmented, virtual and mixed reality firm based in North America. He is responsible for monitoring all facets of the organization including Operations Oversight, Strategic Planning, International expansion and building the senior executive team. He has 12 years of executive and project management experience across various industries; using his predictive approach to bring innovation into the customer consciousness. He uses comprehensive analysis of competitive trends to drive growth with quantifiable metrics to illustrate the benefits of taking on new avenues for brands. From digital marketing to research & analytics to leveraging strategic relationships, Navjeet perpetually pursues avenues for coupling products with consumers, propogating loyal customers and cultivating long-term brand relationships.
Navjeet is currently focusing on expanding operations internationally, showcasing how augmented reality and forward thinking innovative technologies can provide solutions for organizations of all sizes.
John Dwyer is the Vice President of Digital Solutions at WestRock. A 25-year professional in the print and packaging industry, John got his hands dirty in printing while studying finance at the University of Akron. This led to a variety of roles in labels, flexible packaging, financial cards and packaging and merchandising materials. John has a natural curiosity which has enabled a number of firsts in the industry with companies, like Kraft, Visa, Pepsico and Molson Coors. John is currently obsessed with providing every sustainable product with its own unique identity in the Cloud to enable functionality for Supply Chain traceability and Consumer Engagement. When not on an airplane John works from his basement in Stillwater, MN with his direct report, Australian Shepherd, Ted.
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A serial entrepreneur and nomad, Mayo Akindele graduated from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he studied International Business & Finance. He founded the Nomad Spirits Company as a way to combine his love of technology and premium spirits from around the world.
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At Motogo Systems, David Ruth is leading his startup team in creating significant value for shippers, couriers, and especially customers by applying smart packaging technologies to the challenges of last-mile delivery of goods.
At IBM, David had the opportunity to spearhead many impactful solutions and systems which have been used by governments, academia, and corporations all over the world. These included advancing the state of the art in the areas of VLSI chip design & validation, computer systems, and leading-edge technical initiatives.
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Tyler Chaffo has combined his personal and professional passion for sustainability as Manager- Global Sustainability, Avery Dennison Smartrac.
By combining nearly a decade of experience in RFID, and an educational background focused on supply chains and integrating sustainable business practices, Tyler has focused on identifying solutions for stakeholders that focus on enabling the circular economy and a transition to a low carbon economy. With a goal of creating a unique digital identity for everyday items the Avery Dennison Smartrac business unit is uniquely positioned to advance sustainability as digitalization further merges with sustainability. Tyler is Chair of the RAIN Alliance Sustainability Working Group and the Chair of AIM IoT working group.
Fernanda is a marketing and communication director for commercializing products, platforms and services which demonstrate positive social and environmental impact. She has 15 years of building brand strategies that create customer experiences to drive purpose-driven organizations.
Born in Brazil, she combines her knowledge in Marketing, Communications, Retail, Shopper Marketing, and Sales/Business Development to address ESG objectives and deliver sustainable growth for multinational FMCG organizations, SMEs and social impact startups - including her own circular economy startup in Brazil, named Avoid.
Today she is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Plastiks, a marketplace that uses Blockchain & NFT technology to bring transparency and accountability to the waste value chain, while encouraging all stakeholders in the industry - companies, individuals and plastic recovery projects - and adding an emotional link to plastic recovery data, so that we can together increase plastic recovery and recycling rates worldwide, especially in emerging countries.
Pepin Gelardi works at the intersection of purpose and possibility, exploring the role of entrepreneurship and technology in solving future-facing problems. As a Partner at Tomorrow Lab®, Pepin leads the Industrial Design and Mechanical Engineering teams to invent and develop new, impactful hardware products.
After hours, Pepin teaches workshops in design, aspires to become a Pasta Scientist, and creates site-specific art with his wife Teresa.
Curt Schacker is the Global Head of Digital Printing and Packaging at Digimarc. Curt has spent more than 25 years in Silicon Valley, having held positions at Wind River (Intel), Real-Time Innovations, and Arrayent. He co-founded and served as CEO of Embedded Solution Partners, which was named the 20th fastest-growing private company in Silicon Valley during his tenure. Curt has spoken at events around the world, offering education and insight into topics related to the digital transformation of the world's consumer products. Curt began his career developing flight software for the NASA Hubble Space Telescope.
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Mikhail Damiani is the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Blue Bite, a B2B software platform that connects brands and consumers through products. His industry acumen was initially honed at GCA Savvian in investment banking, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions within the tech sector. Realizing that mobile devices would play a significant role in the information age, Blue Bite was launched in 2007, and has evolved into a leader in connecting people with information through IoT.
Recognized by the United Nations in 2014 with a Leadership Award in the area of ‘Driving social change through media’, Mikhail currently leverages his extensive knowledge of mobile and software technology to lead all aspects of Blue Bite’s business and operations. He spearheads the company’s strategy to advance its market leadership. Mikhail received his degree in Finance and Management from The Stern School of Business at New York University.