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Date: 2 November 2023 (Thursday)
Time: 9:00 am - 1:30 pm (GMT +7)
Venue: Eternity Ballroom, Pullman Bangkok King Power
Thailand is at a critical juncture as the country begins to accelerate their 30/30 vision to reach a net-zero carbon future. What does this mean for traditional internal combustion engines (ICEs)? How can OEMs and startups capitalize on the existing supplier infrastructure to accelerate production? What can ICEs learn from EV makers and vice versa? Igniting Innovation – Pioneering Resilience for Thailand's Automotive Ecosystem aims to provide participants with valuable insights from leading companies, industry experts, thought leaders and practitioners on accelerating innovation and production throughout the automotive value chain through the transformative power of virtual twins to create a resilient and sustainable ecosystem for the future of Thailand's manufacturing sector.
Bernard CHARLÈS has been working as the CEO of Dassault Systèmes since 1995 and as Chairman & Chief Executive Officer since 2016. He started his career in the company in 1983 to develop new design technologies. In 1986, he founded a dedicated New Technologies, Research and Strategy department, and in 1988 was appointed President of Strategy, Research and Development.
CHARLÈS has helped instill a culture of ongoing innovation to further consolidate Dassault Systèmes’ scientific capabilities and make science part of the company’s DNA. The inspiration behind digital mock-up, product lifecycle management and 3DEXPERIENCE®, he firmly believes that virtual technology is about making possible the impossible: 3DEXPERIENCE universes are the most powerful vehicle for testing concepts and creating the future, bringing dream and reality together, and stretching the limits of science and imagination to drive progress in society.
CHARLÈS has positioned Dassault Systèmes as the preferred partner for sustainable innovation in three major sectors of the economy: Manufacturing Industries, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Infrastructure & Cities. The company, established in 1981 and world leader in virtual worlds, was recognized as one of Forbes’ "World’s Most Innovative Companies".Bernard CHARLÈS is a foreign member of the US National Academy of engineering and a member of the French Academy of Technology.
He holds the rank of Commander in the “Légion d’honneur” (French Legion of Honor). He is a graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure engineering school in Cachan and has a PhD in mechanical engineering majoring in automation engineering and information science. He also holds an agrégation — the most senior teaching qualification achievable in France (specializing in mechanical engineering).
Before this latest appointment, Florence was working at Engie, a world leader in the energy sector – holding different positions, as Business Development Vice President, Engie Qatar CEO, Performance Plan Vice President and finally Engie Europe COO. Florence has an extensive experience in both public and private sector, having held different positions in the European Commission and the French Administration.
She is also an experienced board member, with board position at PSA and currently at Air France; CNES, the French Space Agency and Institut Montaigne, the leading think tank in France. Florence is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique / Corps des Mines.
Josephine Ong heads the Dassault Systèmes business in the Asia Pacific South region, covering Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia.
Her key mandate is driving sustainable value creation for our customers, achieved through identification of high potential market segments and addressing their critical business processes with technology that provides tangible and meaningful KPIs.
Guillaume GERONDEAU is Vice President at Dassault Systèmes, Transportation and Mobility Industry Asia. He is an expert in automotive, digital business transformation, and smart mobility.
Prior to joining Dassault Systèmes in 2015, he had a 30 years long career in the automotive industry as Senior International Innovation, Product, Marketing, Sales Executive, and Strategy Consultant.
Guillaume has experience as an executive in almost all the areas of the value chain in the automobile industry. He was head of global product strategy and product planning at Nissan. He was also heading global brand strategy and product marketing for Toyota after having been in charge of European product planning and marketing. At Renault, he managed a long-term research budget, led the innovation process and the reorganization of the R&D resource management, and was managing director of the Austrian subsidiary.
He also served as senior advisor of Booz Allen and Hamilton (now Strategy &) specialized in the automotive sector.
Jean Sol-Macher is an experienced professional who currently serves as the Head of the Economic Section at the French Embassy in Thailand. Prior to this role, he held positions in various sectors, including nuclear energy, public finances forecast, and theoretical physics research. He possesses a diverse educational background, including a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and training in public service management from Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA) in France.
Punya Chupanit holds a Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and currently serves as the Director General at the Office of Transport and Traffic Policy and Planning within the Ministry of Transportation in Thailand, where he oversees policy development and logistics project feasibility studies to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the transportation sector.
Mr. Krisda Utamote is President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT). The Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand is a non-profit association with the objectives to promote and support sharing of academic knowledge in terms of electric vehicle technologies and innovations. EVAT also provides consultation regarding requirements and operations for development of electric vehicle technologies in Thailand. EVAT’s members represent private sector, educational institutes, state enterprises and general public, with over 246 members. EVAT schedules to hold its meetings monthly and establishes various committees to support and promote the Thai electric vehicle industry to ensure a steady and sustainable growth.
A lawyer by education from India, Pras pursued his Masters in International Relations in Japan and the United States. Thereafter, he spent his initial career as an in-house legal advisor and a management consultant in Japan and Australia, prior to joining Toyota.
For the last two decades, he has been in Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan, Europe, and now Thailand, with experience in Human Resources, Accounting & Finance, Global External Affairs, Corporate Planning, Production Control and Logistics.
Currently, as Executive Vice President of the Business Transformation Group, he has responsibility for the company’s roadmap towards Carbon Neutrality and Digital Transformation across the Asia region.
Pras is also the Program Director for the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF), responsible for the Asia-Pacific Region. In a world with mounting mobility challenges, TMF was set up to use Toyota’s know-how in partnership with like-minded innovative stakeholders to address the mobility issues of tomorrow today.
Hou Shi, the General Manager of Changshu Innovation, brings substantial expertise to her role. Her professional background is rooted in PR and market support for international fashion brands, providing her with a deep understanding of the luxury and fashion sectors. Holding double majors from the University of Missouri, Hou has a track record of successfully organizing brand and market events. Fluent in English and skilled in intercultural communication, she has inherited Changshu Innovation's welding equipment business from her father, and her results-oriented approach and resource integration talents position her well to lead the company to new heights.
- EMBA, Quantic School of Business and Technology, USA.
- Bachelor of Statistic, Fu Jen University.
Work Experience for the past 5 years
- Year 2022 – Present, Chief Human Resources Officer of SEA Region, Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL.
- Year 2019 – 2022, Global HR Special Assistant of CEO, SSB Footwear Group (Adidas)
- Year 2016 – 2019, Lead Consultant VGM, United Power International.
Areas of Expertise
- Cultural Change and Organizational Transformation: I specialize in driving cultural change and facilitating organizational transformations, helping companies adapt to evolving business landscapes.
- Achieving Results in HR Strategy and Goals: My career has been marked by a consistent track record of achieving results in HR strategy and goals, ensuring that HR initiatives align with and contribute to broader business objectives.
- Leadership Coaching: I have a passion for coaching leaders, nurturing their potential, and guiding them towards effective leadership strategies that enhance both individual and organizational success. Especially in High-Tech and Manufacturing industries.