Interviews

Dr. K Subramanian

Dr. K Subramanian

Executive Director

Powergear Limited

Make Powergear R&D the premier destination for innovation and research in India and abroad and also the grander vision of showcasing India itself as a global destination for R&D

Dr. K. Subramanian obtained his PhD from Cornell University in Electrical Engineering with specialization in Micro ElectroMechanical Systems or MEMS. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras. He is currently Executive Director, R&D at Powergear Ltd., MEPZ, Chennai where he works on implementing several novel technologies in Energy, Aviation, Materials, Chemicals, Mechanical, Sensors and other sectors. He previously worked at GE’s Global Research Center in New York. Subramanian has filed more than 50 patent applications in his field. He managed a large program on MEMS at GE and received two prestigious awards for his research. One of them, the Hull Award, is presented to early-career researchers at GE Global Research. The other award, the Whitney technical achievement award is for a project that is viewed as a potential market game changer. Subramanian is a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has made significant contributions to multiple unique projects and has authored numerous publications and technical reports. The current contract R&D initiative at Powergear aims to showcase India’s innovative talents to the world.

Mr. Kenny Chua

Mr. Kenny Chua

Marketing Manager

HollySys Automation Technologies

IoT is usually about collecting/safeguarding data, and Artificial Intelligence will be taking out these essential data through self-learning to present intelligent insights for the end-users

Unafraid to challenge the norm. B2B marketer with 12 years of experience in overseeing regional inbound/outbound marketing portfolio. Possesses a strong buyer persona approach towards building successful campaigns.

SMS Tork Elif Kaya

Ms. Elif Kaya

Marketing Specialist

SMS Tork

Technology is surprisingly evolving every day, and companies have to keep up with the pace to stay fast and agile

Ms.Elif Kaya has a management bachelor’s degree from Sabanci University and a marketing communication postgraduate degree. She is now working on her family business for 4 years in the marketing department. Her specialty is mainly in digital marketing.

Jesus de la Maza

Jesus de la Maza

President

Innovalia Group

Innovalia Metrology provides online measurement solutions and decision support based on advanced quality control parameters, big data analysis techniques, and advanced computing solutions

Mr. Jesus de La Maza is a successful businessman, who has created and consolidated more than a dozen technological SMEs in the national and international markets, during his more than 40 years of experience. He currently chairs the Innovalia business group, a business alliance formed by 9 organizations based on specialized collaboration focused on innovation. He is an Industrial Engineer and MBA. He is an expert for the European Commission for more than 20 years in technological areas.

Mr Su Jian Lye

Mr Su Jian Lye

Principal Analyst

ABI Research

Robotics businesses need to prepare for future integration and enhancement of their hardware solutions based on advancement in AI technologies

Su Jian Lye, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, is responsible for orchestrating research relating to robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. He leads research in emerging and key trends in these industries, deep-diving into advancements in key components, regional dynamics in robotics and AI adoptions, and their future impacts and implications.

Helmut Rauch

Helmut Rauch

COO

SCHMID Group

SCHMID shapes the future - because our products and solutions pave the way for megatrends into society.

As COO, Helmut Rauch manages all operations of the SCHMID Group in Freudenstadt. His major responsibilities focus on personnel and production issues as well as business development. In this role, he is also a driving force in the establishment of automation and intralogistics technologies. Since the late 1990s, the industrial engineer has been involved in shaping the company’s expansion into Asia and the USA.

Andrew Minturn

Andrew Minturn

Business Development and Strategic Product Manager

Bosch Rexroth

But we go beyond simply creating and supplying products which can transform industrial operations – we practice what we preach.

As Business Development and Strategic Product Manager for Bosch Rexroth, Andrew Minturn supports the implementation of Industry 4.0 for businesses across the UK. Now established as one of the key experts on the subject, Andrew has given a number of talks at leading industry events demonstrating the benefits and best practice of creating an Industry 4.0-enabled facility. Andrew’s career in engineering spans over 25 years, during which time he has worked across industries such as aerospace, general automation, food & packaging and medical. He began working as an engineering toolmaker for BMW Manufacturing, formerly known as The Rover Group, in 1991, where he was responsible for the manufacture of car body presses and tooling. Andrew remained at this company for ten years before going on to study for his ONC and HNC qualifications. He subsequently joined Bosch Rexroth as a Technical Support Engineer in 2002. While working at Bosch Rexroth, Andrew continued his formal education in engineering, graduating from the University of Bath with a First-Class degree in Engineering Systems in 2010. He went on to specialise in assembly technology and system sales, before moving on to his current role of Business Development and Strategic Product Manager in 2016.

Zahira Sughra Zainuddin

Zahira Sughra Zainuddin

Head, SVP GHRM Office

Petroliam National Berhad (PETRONAS) , Malaysia

Digital transformation & IoT is not just about technology but in essence changing the way we work in totality, utilising the advancement of technology to improve efficiency and productivity

Zahira, a PETRONAS scholar who holds a Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London, started her career at PETRONAS in 1999. She has held many roles in diverse PETRONAS businesses throughout her career which includes petrochemical, oil trading, LNG and gas, exploration & production, corporate strategy and project management. She is currently attached to the Group Human Resource Management of PETRONAS and appointed the role to drive the transformation of HR under the Senior Vice-President of Group HRM’s office. Zahira is passionate to humanise the workplace, by creating a compassionate, enabling, truly diverse and inclusive environment.