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EXPERT TALKS @ IFA Global Markets - Opportunities in sourcing

Expert Talks

EXPERT TALKS bring the latest from across the globe in buying trends and strategies

To be held in STATION-Berlin, EXPERT TALKS features experienced buyers, who work regularly with the world's manufacturers, private label and OEM/ODM suppliers and will talk about their approach to sourcing products.

These talks, in the form of speeches and industry panels will provide insights to buyers, manufacturers, and press who need to understand the latest in buying requirements, new opportunities and challenges.

Highlights this year will include a KEYNOTE ADDRESS, a SPECIAL KEYNOTE PANEL and the EXPERTS RECEPTION on Tuesday, September 4th, 2018.

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Program 2018

Last current Expert Talks program you will find here:
Expert Talks Program (PDF, 5.3 MB)

Program 2017

Last years program you will find here:
Expert Talks Program - Experts List 2017 (PDF, 573.2 kB)

Program 2018*

SUNDAY, 2 SEPTEMBER MONDAY, 3 SEPTEMBER TUESDAY, 4 SEPTEMBER WEDNESDAY, 5 SEPTEMBER
11:00 - 11:30

INTERVIEW

How We Built Our Own Brand
Razvan Vasile
Director
VONINO
11:00 - 11:30

SPEECH

2018 Design Trends

Anouk Groen
CMF Trend Forecaster
RnA Design NV
11:30 - 12:00

PANEL

Sourcing & Selling Accessories

Patrick Maeter
Managing Director
A6 Europe

Martin Hollerup
CEO
Sandberg AS
11:00 - 11:30

SPEECH

B2C: VR, AR & Mixed Reality

Guest speakers
11:30 - 12:00

SPEECH

Blockchain and CE

Bob Snyder
Editor-in-Chief
Blockchain Technology Daily
11:30 - 12:00

SPEECH

Energy-saving Appliances with Vacuum Insulation Panels

Gregor Erbenich
President
VIPA International

11:30 - 12:00

SPEECH

Augmenting Audio Innovation in Consumer Devices

Malachi Bierstein
Head of Sales, Media Technologies
Nokia Technologies
11:30 - 12:00

SPEECH

Winning Score: eSports & Retail

Bob Snyder
Editor-in-Chief
Channel Media Europe
12:00 - 12:30

SPEECH

Sourcing From & Selling to China

Oliver Prothmann
President
German Federal Assosiation of
Online Retail


Ralf Herrmann
CEO
AMZPro
12:00 - 12:30

SPEECH

Änderung im ElektroG zum 15.08.2018
(German Language)

Ms. Janine Kammerer
Lawyer
Händlerbund(will be held in German)
12:00 - 12:30

IFA BUSINESS SESSION

CE Marking: New Duties for Electrical & Electronical Companies

Edwin Schmitt
Senior EU Consultant
TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH
 
14:00 - 15:00

PANEL

Top Trends for Retail/Etail

Jaroslav Novak
Purchase Manager
Turbado.eu Ltd
14:00 - 15:00

SPEECH

What IoT Means to CE/HA

Peter Kiss
Business Development Manager
Conrad Connect
14:00 - 15:00

PANEL

IoT Drives Smart Home Sales

Panel:
Peter Kiss
Business Development Manager
Conrad Connect

Adam Simon
Board Director
Context Ltd.
and Chair
SH&BA

Magnus Michael
MD
Cloud System Integrator (CSI)
 
15:00 - 15:30

SPEECH

Tools of Quality Assurance for Electronic Products Made in China

Daniel Röhrs
Managing Director
VDE Global Supply Chain Services Co., Ltd.
15:00 - 15:30

SPEECH

Shopping 4.0

Michael Wenzel
Key Account Manager
VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information Technologies
15:00 - 15:30

KEYNOTE

World´s 1st Blockchain Smart Speaker

Nick NM Yap
Founder
Volareo
 
15:30 - 16:15

PANEL

Why We Need to Build In Better Audio

Paul Melin
VP Digital Media
Nokia Technologies

Jukka Linjama
CTO
Flexound
15:30 - 16:15

PANEL

Where Next for Voice Control?

Joshua Montgomery
CEO
Mycroft

Connie Hwong
Global Content Marketing Director
Verto Analytics
15:30 - 16:15

KEYNOTE

Liftoff for Travel Electronics Retailing:
A “Fireside Chat” with…


Peter Wiggers
Managing Director

B&S Retail (Capi)
Royal Capi-Lux (‘Capi’) is the leading airport retailer of electronic products in Europe.
 
16:20 - 17:20

PANEL

Find, Sign & Motivate Chinese Suppliers

Etienne Finet
VP EMEA Business Development
Ten Pao International

Christos Koptsidis
co-founder
Coolado

Lee Byrnes
Asia procurement specialist
Tech Entreprenuer

Paul Weedman
Director
Victure Industrial Co., Limited

Andrea Rossi
Founder
Road to China
16:20 - 17:20

SPEECH

Trillion Dollar Apple Ecosystem

Nick Graves
CEO
Aquilla Europe Ltd.
16:20 - 17:20

Special Adress & Panel:

European Retail Alliance - Benefits of Trade Alliances

Klaus-Peter Voigt
Member of the Extended Board & Chief Procurement Officer
MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group
 
    17:30 - 19:00

EXPERTS RECEPTION

Europe´s frist networking event for white label managers, OEM/ODM buyers, and sourcing executives
 

* Speaker, topics & schedule subject to change!

EXPERT TALKS - Speakers

Peter Wiggers

Managing Director B&S Retail, Peter Wiggers joined the company in 2008 after previously working in retail for the food and fashion industries. With over 60 years of experience in airport retailing, Capi, part of B&S Group, mainly operates at airports, but also at ferry and cruise liners, and military and diplomatic posts. Wiggers successfully developed and implemented Capi’s now-proven retail concept at Capi shops worldwide, creating an exciting and inspiring shopping experience for travelers. Capi is a dedicated niche player and the leading airport retailer of consumer electronics in the travel retail market with a trendsetting and focused product assortment in an internationally recognisable setting.

Klaus-Peter Voigt

Member of the Extended Board and Chief Procurement Officer of MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group will be speaking on the new "European Retail Alliance" co-founded with Fnac Darty. The MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group is Europe's leading commerce company for consumer electronics and related services. Apart from their MediaMarkt and Saturn brands, which network their more than 1000 bricks-and-mortar stores with online sales platforms, the Media-Saturn Group operates online pure players such as iBood as well as the music streaming service JUKE. Moreover, its portfolio includes its own brands PEAQ, KOENIC, ISY and ok. Majority-owned by CECONOMY AG, MediaMarktSaturn and its approximately 65,000 employees in 15 countries generated total sales of about €22 billion in 2016/17.

Anouk Groen

CMF Trend Forecaster at RnA Design NV, a design agency with consumer product & design trend research as well as concept development and actual scale modeling.

Joshua Montgomery

CEO at Mycroft A.I. is a serial entrepreneur and one of the few entrepreneurs in the United States to build a gigabit fiber network from scratch. Joshua brings more than 15 years of entrepreneurial experience to the Mycroft team.

Nils Lenke

Senior Director Innovation Management at Nuance heads a team of product managers focused on disruptive innovation within Nuance's Automotive division. They are developing Nuance's voice-centric Automotive Assistant into the fully multi-modal cockpit of the future, for drivers of standard cars and for autonomous vehicles

Professor Dr. Pierre Brunswick

CEO of Neuromem Technologies PTE brings over 40 years of international experience in business development, sales, marketing, engineering, finance and incubators to his role of CEO at Neuromem. He is an Elected Knight from the Russian Academy of Sciences in 2005

Paul Melin

Vice President, Digital Media at Nokia Technologies, and leading Nokia's new businesses with focus on virtual reality and multimedia technologies. He works with the world's leading manufacturers to help them integrate Nokia innovations such as OZO Audio into their devices.

Razvan Vasile

Director of VONINO, with more than $100 million turnover one of the fastest growing OEM/ODM manufacturers, producing TVs, Tablet PCs, smart phones, GPS Navigation, MP3 players, USB disks and computer accessories.

Magnus Michael

MD, Cloud System Integrator and formerly Prokurist & COO at Michael Telecom AG, a family-owned wholesale company working with approximately 10,000 dealers at home and abroad in the telecom, smart home and consumer IT sectors.

Etienne Finet

VP EMEA Business Development at Ten Pao International, a Hong Kong-based manufacturer of high-quality power adapters for large OEMs globally. Finet lives in Silicon Valley, California and has also been involved with several high-tech start-ups.cy focused on the Apple ecosystem.

Connie Hwong

Global Content Marketing Director at Verto Analytics works with an international team of data analysts and designers to create compelling stories from data, producing long-form reports, monthly Indexes, and weekly blog posts and insights on consumer trends and behavior.

Christos Koptsidis

Co-founder of Coolado, has spent more than two decades buying computer and consumer electronics from Asian sources. His career at some of the most famous computer distributors in Benelux led him to develop his own business importing Asian-made products.

Lee Byrnes

Co-founder of Coolado, has spent more than two decades buying computer and consumer electronics from Asian sources. His career at some of the most famous computer distributors in Benelux led him to develop his own business importing Asian-made products.

Paul Weedman

Director of Victure Industrial Co., Limited of China which provides customers with a one-stop shop solution for Chinese chain of supply. They provide full ranges of services from factory audit, quality inspection to China project management.

Andrea Rossi

Founder of Road to China in Shenzhen City, offering China import and export consulting, helping companies achieve their goals in China through a combination of both innovation and best practices.

Bob Snyder

Moderator for EXPERT TALKS and also the Editor-in-Chief at Channel Media Europe, and a well-known keynoter speaker in consumer electronics.

Edwin Schmitt

Senior EU Consultant at TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH is an expert in product conformity and CE marking, EU product legislation, Technical Standards, Risk Assessment, Technical Dokumentation, Instruction for use, and EU Declaration of Conformity. With revenues of € 1.97 billion and 19,924 employees, TÜV Rheinland is a leading international provider of technical services.

Adam Simon

Global Managing Director at market researcher CONTEXTworld, responsible for thought leadership, including best practices in technology retail and distribution, and the tracking of the reseller market. He is Chairman of the Smart Homes & Building Association Group in the UK, and a founder member of the European Smart Home Association.

Daniel Röhrs

Global Managing Director of VDE Global Supply Chain Services Co., Ltd., in Shenzhen, China and Head of VDE operation for factory audit and pre-shipment inspection worldwide.

Michael Wenzel

Experienced in sales, project management for key account businesses and purchases from China and Taiwan, and since 2011 working for the VDE Testing and Certification Institute as Key Account Manager. Working with clients on business development as well as building of the extended usability test services for consumer products within the retail segment as well as the test content development, proper documentation and ultimately certification.

Malachi Bierstein

The Global Head of Sales of the Media Technologies division of Nokia Technologies which has introduced groundbreaking new products like OZO Audio, the 3D capture solution for smartphones and cameras.

Christos Koptsidis

Business Development Team Leader of Conrad Connect GmbH, an innovative spin-off company of Conrad Electronic SE where he drives the development of a new IoT business. Prior to his current role at Conrad Connect he was a product expert on IoT field within the Deutsche Telekom group.

Gregor Erbenich

President of VIPA International, the Vacuum Insulation Panel Association, since 2016. He is also responsible for sales and marketing of Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIP) at Porextherm Dämmstoffe GmbH- a part of the Morgan Advanced Materials PLC.

Nick Graves

CEO of Aquilla Europe, a pan-European technology consultancy focused on the Apple ecosystem.

Patrick Maeter

Founder and owner of A6 Europe which owns several brands (including the audio brand ON.EARZ) sold to the major retail stores all over the world. He has a strong experience in consumer electronic products such as headphones, speakers, mobile accessories, connected devices and much more.

Oliver Prothmann

President of Bundesverband Onlinehandel e.V. (German Federal Association of eCommerce). BVOH is an leading association representing SME online retail businesses across Germany and Europe. He is also the founder and spokesman of the European wide initiative Choice in eCommerce. His personnel goal is to build an intensive relationship to the Chinese eCommerce businesses as the main market for German and European online retailers.

Ralf Herrmann

CEO of AMZPro.

Janine Kammerer

An attorney in the Legal Dept. of Händlerbund, the largest e-commerce association in Europe with more than 70.000 secured online presences. She studied law in Leipzig.

Martin Hollerup

Managing Director of Sandberg who sells computer, audio, mobile and eSports accessories under their own brand. Based in Denmark, every year over half a million Sandberg products find their way to users in more than 65 countries.

Jukka Linjama

CTO of Flexound Augmented Audio which adds the sensation of touch to audio-visual listening experience — music, games, television, streaming, or movies. They integrate their patented Flexound Augmented Audio module into car seats, theater seating, furniture, gaming devices — or wherever personal binaural stereo and feel of sound adds value.

Nick NM Yap

Founder of Volareo, world's 1st Blockchain Music Smart Voice Speaker as a Hub. Helping musicians & music lovers bond with each other-- with blockchain.