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Gershon Alon
PrintOS business manager, HP
Gershon Alon is the global business manager of HP PrintOS, a multi-apps cloud platform that helps HP customers to get the most out of their presses, simplify and automate production and grow their businesses.
Gershon is specialized in digital workflow solutions and has spent most of his career in Scitex, Creo, Kodak and HP, helping customers to maximize the return of their digital print investments by designing and operating innovative, end-to-end solutions.

#3 Game Changer – Workflow & Automation
Connecting Brands and Print Service Providers Through a Virtual Print Network
 
Gideon Amichay
Founder & Chief Creative Officer, No, No, No, No, No, Yes
An award-winning ad man, writer, communication artist, instructor (SVA), and international speaker (TEDx). No, No, No, No, No, Yes - is a creative boutique, focused on innovation in communication & advertising, based in New York City & Tel Aviv. Amichay is a winner of 19 Cannes Lions & 9 Clio Awards and the author of "No, No, No, No, No, Yes - Insights from a Creative Journey.” Amichay is known as the person who put Israel on the world advertising map. For 18 years he was a partner at Shalmor Avnon Amichay Y&R. As Chief Creative Officer, Amichay led the agency to become Israel's market leader in creativity and innovation and the most successful Israeli ad agency worldwide. His first book No, No, No, No, No, Yes, was published in USA (2013) and is on sale at the MoMA Store (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) and on Amazon.

#4 Game Changer – Next Level Marketing
Emotion! Emotion! Emotion!
 
Richard Askam
Founder, WNC Limited, United Kingdom
Richard Askam is a renowned speaker/writer on how brands/consumers can engage with print through personalization/customization. He created the online Share a Coke campaign in Europe in 2014 along with a number of direct to consumer campaigns and now speaks all over the world (including TED) on the subject and what it really means.

#1 Game Changer - Change Management
Mind The Gap: Don’t Leave Your Customers Behind

#4 Game Changer - Next Level Marketing
The Lost Art Of Conversation - how communication is the key to success
 
Richard Askam (Copy)
Founder, WNC Limited, United Kingdom
Richard Askam is a renowned speaker/writer on how brands/consumers can engage with print through personalization/customization. He created the online Share a Coke campaign in Europe in 2014 along with a number of direct to consumer campaigns and now speaks all over the world (including TED) on the subject and what it really means.

#1 Game Changer - Change Management
Mind The Gap: Don’t Leave Your Customers Behind

#4 Game Changer - Next Level Marketing
The Lost Art Of Conversation - how communication is the key to success
 
Jon Bailey
CEO, ProCo
Jon Bailey has over 20 years' experience of cutting edge print techniques. As an early adopter of digital production technology, he is dedicated to keeping print relevant and preparing it for the next generation. He sits on the global board of DSCOOP, where he continues his mission to show people why it really is better, printed. Jon's passion for print combined with his approach to leadership and culture has transformed the once local traditional print company in Sheffield into a 140-strong, dual site marketing operations business which is recognised as one of the world’s most innovative print and direct mail production facilities.

#3 Game Changer - Workflow & Automation
Panel Discussion Moderator – Print OS. Information overload or Business differentiator?
 
Alon Bar-Shany
General Manager, HP Indigo
Alon Bar-Shany is the general manager of the Indigo Division at HP.

Based in Nes Ziona, Israel, he has held worldwide responsibility for the HP Indigo Division since 2004. Alon oversees all aspects of the development, marketing and deployment of HP Indigo solutions to an installed base of over 4 thousand customers in 120 countries. 
A strong advocate of close customer relationships, he also sits on the Global Board of Directors of Dscoop, the independent users association of HP Graphic Arts solutions. 

Prior to this role, Alon ran the HP Indigo business in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa region (EMEA), and served as the chief financial officer of HP Indigo from 1998 until 2002 as well as corporate vice president of finance for HP Indigo from 1995.
Alon joined HP Indigo from Israel Chemicals Ltd. in 1995, where he held various executive positions in finance, strategic planning and business development.

Alon holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is married to Cathy and has four children, and enjoys music, reading, gardening and travel.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
To C or not to C
 
Renaud Besnard
Chief Manufacturing Officer, Photobox Group
With a background as aerospace engineer, Renaud has always been keen to learn and discover new and exciting ways of doing things, always with operational excellence at the heart of his ideas. Over the last 20 years, Renaud has held senior management roles in a number of very different industries – automotive, defence, energy and printing; in France, Canada and now the UK. PhotoBox Group is the European leading brand for photo & personalised products, creating more than 20 million unique moments for their customers every year. Renaud joined Photobox in May 2006 as UK Operations Director, at a time where the company(only) had 30 production operators and 6 customer service agents. Currently the organisation has 700 permanent production operators across 5 manufacturing sites in Europe serving 4 brands!

#3 Game Changer – Workflow & Automation
Panel Discussion - E-commerce
 
Vladimir Bochkov
Owner, Digital Solutions Printing House B, Stavropol, Russia
Vladimir Bochkov’s career in printing started with a small design studio he opened with his father in 1998, called Design Studio B. Together, they built a strong reputation for environmental and graphic design. A few years later, they began adopting digital printing, pioneering the field in Russia. In 2006, the company acquired a first-generation five-color HP Indigo Digital Press, as well as post-press equipment. The company gradually moved to more advanced HP Indigo presses and built a strong base in post-press. 

Today, under the new name of Digital Solutions Printing House B, and equipped an HP Indigo 7800 Digital Press, Vladimir’s company is a full-service printing house, handing everything from marketing idea development and graphic design, through printing, to finished output. The company produces a wide range of print products, including business cards, posters, cards, brochures, books, photo books, large format printing, souvenirs and promotional products, labels and packaging, calendars, and menus.  

With a focus on understanding customers’ needs and showing them the benefits and potential of modern digital printing, Digital Solutions Printing House B aims to establish new precedents in the digital printing market, to innovate with unique projects and a creative approach.

#2 Game Changer - Brand Engagement
Panel Discussion - I worked with a Brand!
 
Joris Bosch
Director, Wihabo, The Netherlands
Joris Bosch is, together with his father Willy and brother Ruud, the driving force behind Wihabo, a printing company founded in 1986 by the brothers Willy and Hans Bosch.
Joris has the printing business as a domain: there is really no press, device or machine that has the least secret to him.
Joris is seven years old when he knows he wants to be a printer. When he sees his father and uncle (the founders of Wihabo) at work, he wants to do nothing more than the same thing. That begins with folding and stapling of flyers and booklets, but after some time he stands behind the printing press. The years that follow are predictable: after several graphic studies and through several internships he is soon a full printer.

Today, Joris is the director of a printing company with more than 50 employees. Thanks to three high-quality digital printing presses, automated finishing possibilities and an intelligent digitalized work flow, Wihabo develops expressly as a digital printing specialist. They understand digital printing and the web-to-print process and production requirements. They arrange their work flow to meet customers’ wishes and offer certainty and continuity: the certainty of super-fast daily production and the continuity of a high printing capacity that can always counterbalance demanding production peaks.

#2 Game Changer – Brand Engagement
Panel Discussion – I worked with a Brand!
 
Laurel Brunner
Managing Director, Digital Dots Limited, United Kingdom
She worked in California for the Seybold organisation and was instrumental in developing the Seybold conferences and brand. Her specialisation is in digital prepress, digital production and digital printing. She is managing director Digital Dots (www.digitaldots.org) which provides international consulting and educational services. She has qualified as a Lead Auditor for ISO 14001 (Environmental management systems).

Laurel is also a Visiting Professor at Shenzen Technical University in China and one of a small cohort of Women of Distinction selected by US publishers Output Links. She works with several ISO working groups and convenes a group responsible for standards relating to the environmental impact of graphics technology, including print media. Agfa Graphics has awarded her its Sustainability Award for her work in sustainability and the Indonesian printing industry association, ATGMI, has also recognised her for this work.

About Digital Dots - Digital Dots is an independent graphic arts research company established in 1999. The company provides exclusive market research, testing and evaluation services for prepress and publishing applications. Digital Dots is a founder of the Verdigris environmental initiative designed to raise knowledge and awareness levels within the printing industry. 

#1 Game Changer – Change Management
Sustainability for your business and the environment

#3 Game Changer – Workflow & Automation
Managing workflow investments for cost-effective returns
 
Franck Caresmel
Vice President, UNI Packaging
Engineer Franck joined his family business in 1995 where he successively held the positions of Site Director, General Manager, Vice President and President. Franck is initiated the development of the Digital Department at UNI Packaging. The Digiflex process is fully integrated with the Group's industrial solutions and is experiencing strong growth in the agri-food sector. The new packaging solution meets all the standards in terms of security Packaging.

#1 Game Changer – Change Management
Panel Discussion - Big Players' Management in Disruptive Times
 
Stefan Casey
Innovation Lead for Packaging, NPTC Confectionery, Nesté
Stefan is a senior creative, an innovator and curator of ideas. A specialist with over 20 year’s global experience working with iconic brands and retailers across the ‘Global Fortune 500'. He is an inspirational speaker and contributor to leading industry events with extensive expertise and in depth insight of the retail and FMCG industry. Stefan is global innovation lead for Nestle confectionery, operating at the cutting edge of future innovation. He is responsible for the new product development and research within packaging in the exciting world of chocolate and sweets. Stefan is a creative, digital evangelist who brings together design, marketing and insights through the eyes of the consumer. He inspires and collaborates on a global scale to help realize innovation through packaging. A visionary that embraces technology, elevating design to promote packaging for today’s world and passionate to create sustainable solutions for a better future. 

#2 Game Changer – Brand Engagement
Serendipity in digital print is not a brand intention - collaboration and creativity is the recipe to achieving digital utopia
 
Iban Cid
President, Germark, S.A., Spain
Iban Cid has 35 years of experience in the labeling business. Iban has been President of Germak, S.A., a manufacturer of labels, and coding and label systems, for the past 20 years. He joined the family business right after completing his academic education, and set about getting an all-round and thorough knowledge of every aspect of the business. After gaining hands-on experience in production, administration, and sales, Iban went on to the position of commercial manager. Upon his father’s retirement eight years later, he was ready to lead the company.

In addition, Iban is President of the Catalan Graphic Arts Guild, Vice-President of the Spanish Graphic Arts Federation (FEIGRAF), President of the Antoni Algueró Graphic Arts School, and the Barcelona Media College. He is also a member of the Plenary Council of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce. He is a former president of ANFEC, the Spanish Association of Label Printers, and of FINAT, the European association for the self-adhesive label industry.
Born in Barcelona, Iban graduated from the Central University of Barcelona with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and holds an MBA from the prestigious IESE Business School – University of Navarra. 

#2 Game Changer – Brand Engagement
Panel Discussion – I worked with a Brand!
 
Marcin Dabrowski
Owner, eM, Poland
In college, Martin Dabrowski studied image processing, but found his passion for high-quality image from his father, who was a photographer. At age 16, he was fascinated by color, printing and ICC. Then years later, he started his own printhouse focused on services for demanding artists. From 2014 until beginning of 2017, he worked with HP, Indigo Division R&D in Israel.

He creates his own screenings, inks, separations and tweaks the press to get the best possible image demanded for the job. In addition, Martin prints art reproductions, albums and photography using various techniques. Currently, he’s starting his own project focused on delivering the best printed image possible - via implementing technology for client's printhouse or simply preparing files and printing them properly. His presentation will combine multiple aspects in digital printing like file preparations with special separations, new inks, screening with VDP and different substrates based on his own campaign. 

#4 Game Changer – Next Level Marketing
Good marketing print! How to create print that will be kept on a shelf, not in a trash bin.
 
Niko Dhont
Co-owner, St. Luc Labels & Packaging
Niko is the managing director of the Group St-Luc labels & packaging. An engineer in economics and marketing, Niko started to work in the family company in 1999 and has held various roles before becoming, together with his sister, managing director of the Group. Over the last 25 years, since the Dhont family took over the business, St-Luc has grown significantly to an annual turnover of 55 mio euro in 2017. Currently there are 4 companies within the St. Luc group, employing 280 people.

#5 Game Changer - Future Trends
Embracing Change - How to develop new applications in the L&P segment
 
Mike Ferrari
Founder & President, Ferrari Innovation Solutions, LLC
Mike Ferrari is founder and President of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, LLC. His focus is with innovation in packaging and printing, coaching Consumer Product Companies to delight consumers and grow their brands. Mike’s purpose is to educate, guide and inspire them as a strategy coach, author and educator. Mike is a guest lecture professor at the University of Florida at the Packaging Engineering College teaching “Consumer Driven Innovation Methodology.” Mike completed a successful career as a Global R&D Assoc. 
Director with thirty-two years at The Procter & Gamble Company. He delivered initiatives to the marketplace for some of the world’s leading billion-dollar brands. He is the winner of the prestigious 2009 and 2010 DuPont Packaging Innovation Award. 

FUTURE FRIDAY
Meet The Future - Student Panel Discussion
 
Markus Gabor
CEO and Partner, innovation.rocks consulting gmbh
He is the strategic leader of innovation.rocks. His diverse portfolio includes the strategic positioning, as well as the execution of scalable innovation-driven business solutions on an international level with a constant drive to find new possibilities for interactive communication ideas. The framework for the development of new technologies in the range of AR and VR are particularly in the focus for international clients such as Volkswagen, Audi, Miele, Zürich Airport and many more, in B2B and B2C. Even before joining innovation.rock Markus could already look back on an impressive and versatile career. As CEO of the innovative marketing agency Card eMotion Shanghai he led numerous successful AR and VR campaigns in the entire Asian market. Previously, he was Marketing Director at BOSCH and can look back at 5 years of experience in the areas of digital communication and sales with a focus on innovation-based solutions.

#5 Game Changer - Future Trends
When a printer becomes interactive with AR
 
Kevin Gaskell
Youngest ever MD Porsche, Lamborghini, BMW; Business leader, Team builder. KEYNOTE SPEAKER
An extraordinary leader who led iconic brands Porsche, BMW and Lamborghini to unprecedented levels of success. A corporate trailblazer, serial entrepreneur and world class team builder.

As a CEO, chairman and founder Kevin has enjoyed success in sectors including automotive, data, technology, manufacturing, brand marketing and professional services. He has repeatedly led teams to achieve extraordinary performance in companies ranging from 7 to 7,000 employees. One of his companies was recognised as the best private equity investment of the year, another nominated as the World’s 7th most innovative business. Passionate about the development of leadership skills he is frequently sought to reinvigorate teams and companies. 

Leading the turnaround of Porsche from close to bankruptcy to market leader saw Kevin Gaskell, at the age of 32, recognised as one of the most capable leaders of his generation. He consolidated that recognition with 4 years as Managing Director of BMW (GB) during which he led the business to record growth and a 500% improvement in profitability. 

Since his roles in the automotive sector he has led businesses to massive success in the digital, technology, data, brand marketing, market research, construction, retail, professional services and manufacturing sectors. Such flexibility and adaptability has confirmed his position as an extraordinary and inspirational leader.

A highly motivational and engaging speaker, he believes that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary results — and he has the experiences to prove it. He has led global corporations, start-ups, private equity portfolio companies and organisations large and small to create shareholder value in excess of $5Billion. He has also found the time to walk to both the north and south poles and climb the world’s highest mountains to fund the construction of a cancer treatment unit.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Inspired Leadership
 
Jose Gorbea
HP EMEA Brand Owner
Jose Gorbea recently joined HP and leads Digital Print Solutions for EMEA. Jose is a passionate marketing leader & keynote speaker who brings solid expertise and thought leadership across the marketing mix with a strong track record on revitalizing brands by inspiring teams to deliver breakthrough brand strategies and award winning campaigns. 

He has lead for over 19 years the overall marketing strategy and execution of well established brands such as Kit Kat, Crunch, Cadbury, Milka, Toblerone, belVita, Ritz, Philadelphia, Trident and Stimorol across numerous geographies such as Latam, Europe and Global. In his last role at Mondelez, he was the Head of Marketing & Digital Operations for Europe. 

Additionally, he has helped shape the marketing culture in global organizations with a socially responsible, competitive and winning mindset that strengthened marketing capabilities across packaging, digital and social media in complex organizations. Jose holds a digital marketing certification from the Google Marketing Academy which makes him an asset for delivering brand solutions in a digital world.

Recognized by CNN's Grupo Expansion with a Marketing Monster Award in delivering one of the best performing marketing campaigns of 2010 in Mexico with the Nestle 'Carlos V' brand, as well as, by Mondelez with the 'Best Brand Revitalization' Award in 2016 for successfully turning around the Stimorol chewing gum brand in Europe.

#2 Game Changer - Brand Engagement
Brand Engagement in a Digital World
 
Verne Harnish
Owner, Gazelles Inc, USA
Verne Harnish is founder of the world-renowned Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), with over 12,000 members worldwide, and chaired for fifteen years EO’s premiere CEO program, the “Birthing of Giants” held at MIT, a program in which he still teaches today. 
Founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company with over 210 partners on six continents, Verne has spent the past three decades helping companies scale-up. The “Growth Guy” syndicated columnist, he’s also the Venture columnist for FORTUNE magazine. 

He’s the author of the bestseller Mastering the Rockefeller Habits which is translated into 9 languages; and along with the editors of Fortune, authored The Greatest Business Decisions of All Times," for which Jim Collins wrote the foreword. His latest book Scaling Up (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) has won seven major international book awards including the prestigious 2015 International Book Award for Best General Business book. 

Verne also chairs FORTUNE Magazine’s annual ScaleUp and Growth Summits and serves on several boards including chairman of The Riordan Clinic and the newly launched Geoversity. 

A private investor in many scale-ups, Verne resides in Wilmington, Delaware, with his wife and four children and enjoys piano, tennis, and magic as a card-carrying member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

FRIDAY KEYNOTE SESSION
Scaling Up: 4 Key Decisions
 
Jon Lancaster
Founder & General Manager, Printed Easy Ltd.
Jon has been the managing director of Falkland Press for 13 years having taken over the family business after studying electrical engineering at university. He has recently orchestrated the company’s transition from an offline commercial printer into the online quality focused brand PrintedEasy.com. Jon has been responsible for overseeing Printed Easy’s growth from a small start up to a major player in the super competitive online UK market over the last few years. He has created the companies custom built MIS system, Chronos, which controls the business workflow, machine selection and automation alongside tracking margin and profitability in real time. Jon has a passion for all things mathematical and electromechanical.

#3 Game Changer – Workflow & Automation 
Panel Discussion - E-commerce
 
Dr. Qian Lin
R&D Director/Distinguished Technologist, Computer Vision & Deep Learning Research, HP Labs
Dr. Qian Lin is a distinguished technologist working on computer vision and deep learning research in HP Labs. Dr. Lin joined Hewlett-Packard Company in 1992. She received her BS from Xi’an Jiaotong University in China, her MSEE from Purdue University, and her Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. 
Dr. Lin is inventor/co-inventor for 44 issued patents. She was awarded Fellowship by the Society of Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T) in 2012, and Outstanding Electrical Engineer by the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of Purdue University in 2013. 

FUTURE FRIDAY
Artificial Intelligence: How Can You Use Machine Learning to Improve Workflow
 
Xavi Llorens
3D Printing EMEA Business Development and Applications Manager


FUTURE FRIDAY
3D Printing: Driving the future of industry
 
Harald Margreff
CEO, Margreff Druck GmbH
Harald Margreff is CEO of Margreff Druck GmbH, a company based in Essen / Germany. Being into digital printing for more than 10 years he has focused on personalized and individualized printing and finishing, connecting offline- and online communication with highly automated crossmedia campaigns as well as Augmented Reality.

#5 Game Changer - Future Trends
When a printer becomes interactive with AR
 
Julian Marsh
Director Commercial, Printing District Photo (USA/UK)
Julian Marsh has been involved in the print industry for over 25 years. He describes himself as a Disruptive, Innovative, Digital Print Evangelist and is passionate about all things print! Marsh has held various senior management positions at a number of print companies over the years. He is currently working as Director Commercial Printing at District Photo in the US, to grow revenue and increase profitability.

#1 Game Changer – Change Management
Panel Discussion - Big Players' Management in Disruptive Times
 
Cristina Moro Murciego
Supplies & Inks Product Manager, HP
Cristina Moro joined HP 5 years ago on the Europe, Middle East and Africa Supplies team to manage several cross-country programs. In the last 3 years, she has held the position of Supplies & Inks Product Manager with current focus on Special Inks and Security solutions portfolio. Cristina holds a B.Sc. in Biotechnology and a double Master's degree in International Business at EAE Business School and Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain.

#2 Game Changer  - Brand Engagement
Security and brand protection HP Indigo Solutions
 
Alex Oldfield
EMEA Sales Manager - PWP, HP
Alex is responsible for managing the PageWide Sales team across EMEA. He has 10 years of experience managing accounts from printers to global enterprise companies. His focus has always been supporting these accounts transition from traditional methods into digital. As sales manager for PWP, Alex’ focus is to support all print service providers address changes in their market, and understand how the solutions provided by HP, and their partners, can prepare them for the future.

#5 Game Changer – Future Trends
Become a full solution Partner for your customer - The role of web fed inkjet in General Commercial Printing
 
Udo Panenka
President, Esko
Udo Panenka became President of Esko in January 2015 after joining the company in August 2014 as SVP Sales, Marketing and Service. Since joining Danaher (Esko’s parent company) in 2008, he has held a number of senior management positions. Udo has a BA degree in Management from Berufsakademie Heidenheim, Germany.

Solution Partner Keynote
Packaging Connected
 
Matthew Parker
Print consultant; Sales training & mentoring for print companies; Social Media help & content creation for printers, United Kingdom
Matthew Parker is the Champion of Print at Profitable Print Relationships. He works with a large variety of printing companies. Typically, he finds many printing companies that are: frustrated that so many conversations revolve around price; struggling to stand out from the competition; fed up that it seems so hard to win new clients.
Matthew works with his clients to help them create profitable new business. 

Here’s what makes him different is that he used to buy print. Over his career he has had sales approaches from over 1,400 printing companies. So he knows what works and what doesn’t. Everything Matthew teaches comes from his unique view as a commercial buyer of print. Matthew sees social media as a vitally important sales channel. In fact, he wins nearly all his new business from social media. He shares with you the same strategies that he uses when selling his services.

#4 Game Changer – Next Level Marketing
How To Stop Print Buyers Choosing On Price

#4 Game Changer – Next Level Marketing
How to sell print using social media
 
Hadar Peled-Vaissman
Creative Manager, HP Indigo
Hadar works with designers, pre-press experts, brand managers and agencies who design and develop campaigns specifically for HP Indigo customers, leveraging the unique capabilities of the Indigo LEP technology to the benefit of millennial marketing. 

Exchanging design concepts and application ideas with print providers all over the world, Hadar is at the forefront of application development for digital print. Among her creations is the HP SmartStream Mosaic variable design software, which is the graphic engine behind numerous leading campaigns such as Diet Coke Extraordinary and Amarula #NameThemSaveThem.
Prior to joining HP Indigo, Hadar served as creative and production manager for leading high-tech companies such as Comverse and Telmap. Before that she owned an independent graphic arts business

#2 Game Changer - Brand Engagement
Build Your Luck - a proactive approach and methodology for pitching to brands
 
Alberto Platz Macia
VP Global Talent Acquisition & Engagement, Swarovski, Spain
He has been working for Swarovski for over 31 years; the first eleven years based in Barcelona selling the crystal components in the B2B area, managing the Spanish and Portuguese Markets and the last thirteen years for the Gemstones Business holding several positions as Sales Director in the European and Middle Eastern Territories. 

In 2012 he joined the Corporate HR team as the Global Director of Engagement and in addition in 2015 he took over the internal and external HR communication, the talent acquisition and inclusion & diversity topics from a global strategic perspective. Alberto continues being part of the Spirit Momentum Team that has as main objective to anchor the Swarovski Spirit values throughout the entire organization, and he tells you something, he is definitely proud to be Swarovski. 

#1 Game Changer – Change Management
Employer Branding starts with your employees
 
Felix Plötz
Graduate business engineer (TU), Entrepreneur, Best-selling Author. KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Felix Plötz is a graduate business engineer (TU), entrepreneur, author of three best-selling books and an internationally sought-after keynote speaker.


His lectures and books bring creativity, courage and the "just do it" spirit of start-ups back into big companies and the established economy. He is regarded as an expert on the topics of "digitisation & new business models" and "leadership & motivation in times of upheaval."


He has quickly become the shooting star of the speaker scene thanks to his captivating style, his authentic appearance and his charisma. He inspires employees and managers alike — whether in corporations such as BMW, E.ON or Lufthansa, medium-sized family businesses or at large events with several thousand spectators. 


His first book on motivation was a surprise hit in 2013, and was a best-seller on Amazon. His business best-seller Palmen in Castrop-Rauxel, celebrated by a broad audience, followed in 2014. RTL, Welt am Sonntag, Spiegel Online, Impulse, and many other national media and blogs reported on this exceptional, crowdfunded book project. Shortly after its publication, the book became one of the most sought-after "entrepreneurship" publications on Amazon; just four months later it officially reached "Best-seller No.1" status. 


His current book Das 4-Stunden-Startup has been on the best-seller lists for more than 19 months and is already one of the best-selling business books in Germany. Among other accolades, it has been dubbed a "SPIEGEL financial best-seller," "Manager magazine best-seller," "Amazon Best-seller No.1," "Handelsblatt best-seller," as well as a "Top 10 audiobook of 2016" on Audible.


For his achievements, Felix Plötz was nominated for the "Börsenblatt Young Excellence Award" from the German book industry in 2016. Shortly thereafter, Plötz was able to celebrate another success: the renowned Handelsblatt speaker agency included him in their exclusive portfolio, making him the youngest speaker in their company's history.


KEYNOTE SPEAKER

 
Amir Raziel
HP EMEA Flexible Packaging Manager
Amir is a passionate evangelist for digital printing in the labels and packaging industry.
Over the last 12 years he has held various management positions at HP’s Indigo division, specializing in Labels & Packaging. He currently in charge of HP’s Flexible Packaging segment in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Amir holds an M.B.A and B.Sc in Industrial engineering, both from the Tel-Aviv University and has been living in Barcelona since 2016.

#5 Game Changer - Future Trends
Embracing Change - How to develop new applications in the L&P segment
 
Andreas Roettl
CEO, journi
Andreas is CEO of the photo journaling and photo book app journi. The company's mission is to make creating photo books as easy as taking photos. 
Therefore the journi team leverages the power of A.I. They are experts in the field of genetic algorithms and worldwide the first company to automatically find the perfect layouts for complex content including photos, text or other graphical elements like maps. 1,000 elements can be processed in less than 90 seconds. 

Their apps are used by almost 1 million users and have been featured by Apple and Google over 15,000 times.
Andreas has a degree in Information Systems and Business Administration with majors in E-Commerce and Entrepreneurship. He is a serial entrepreneur, and has worked in the fields of Software Engineering, Telecommunications and Future Tech on three different continents. As software engineer he was working for 10 years with a special focus on data processing.

FUTURE FRIDAY
How Artificial Intelligence is changing the print industry: Good or bad force
 
Yoram Rosenbaum
Founder & Co-CEO, Lupa
As photography addict and an entrepreneur in his soul, Yoram established Lupa with his brother Ofer, and brought it to become Israel's market leading photo book provider. Lupa is well known for its marketing innovation and customer engagement activities such that Lupa has become a synonym for photo books in Israel. The Israeli Marketing Association granted Rosenbaum the title of "Marketing man of the month" for the launching campaign of Lupa and Yedioth Ahronoth, national daily newspaper choose Lupa as the “Promising small business” few months after its launching. Lupa keeps its premier position in Israel by constant innovation and its mobile photo book creation app is considered by many as one of the best in its category.

#4 Game Changer – Next Level Marketing
Emotion! Emotion! Emotion!
 
Alon Schnitzer
Global Flexible Packaging market development, HP Indigo
In his role at HP Indigo, Alon is responsible for driving growth and helping develop new opportunities for the digitally printed flexible packaging market. Alon brings with him a vast experience in the flexible packaging market, having worked as a sales manager at Israel’s largest flexible packaging converter for several years. He has championed the introduction of the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press in Israel by working directly with brands, contract packers, studio agencies, partners and more.
 
With great passion and deep understanding of the needs and pain points of converters and brands, and now as Indigo’s representative for this profitable segment, he is able to bring the best suited solutions for them to compete and grow.

FUTURE FRIDAY
Beyond print –  The Pack Ready ecosystem
 
Paul Sherfield
Managing Director, Missing Horse Consultancy, United Kingdom
Paul Sherfield who runs the Missing Horse Consultancy is well known in the printing and pre-press industry as having considerable knowledge on digital workflows, with a special expertise on the business reasoning behind such systems. He has consulted on and project managed some of the most successful digital pre-media systems in the UK.
He is active in a number of industry groups, including, the BPIF Technical Committee, is chairmen the BPIF Steering Group on ISO 12647/2 certification, UK representative on the international ISO TC130, WG13 committee for printing standards certification and a member of the UK ISO TAG committee for ISO printing standards and is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences.

The Missing Horse Consultancies main area of expertise is designing bespoke colour managed page workflows from image and page creation, PDF standards and production, PDFs, proofing and on to ISO 12647 standard printing conditions at press.

#2 Game Changer - Brand Engagement
Color Management for Brands
 
Marek Śliboda
President, Marco, Poland
Marek Śliboda is a founder and co-owner of Marco sp. z o.o. [Ltd.]. A visionary and promoter of Social Corporate Responsibility. He’s been consistently implementing his original idea of managing the enterprise, which he on his own calls the experiment. Awards and honourable mentions gained from the local community and local government, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy as well as charity and cultural institutions prove that companies like Marco have become a model of changes taking place in the economy and mentality of the society. 

Marco was founded in 2000 based on a simple observation that more and more things which surround us are labelled, which makes them identifiable. Nowadays, the company is a leader when it comes to specialist labeling and identification components for industry – working for the biggest concerns, it has been permanently developing its technological infrastructure, thanks to which it is able to meet the highest expectations of the customers. 

#1 Game Changer – Change Management 
Participation in management. Chances and threats resulting from turquoise model of running the company.
 
Evgeny Timoschenko
CEO & Owner, CherryPie
CherryPie was founded in 2006 with a small toner printer and no any printing experience whatsover. The company has seen phenomenal growth and to date has over 1000m2 of production space with 3 b3 format indigo presses, IGen4 press, Scodix and most recently the 12000 installed in 2018.

#3 Game Changer - Workflow & Automation
Workflow - Optimizing
 
Cecil von Croÿ
Co-Founder & CEO, PlusPeter GmbH, Germany
This curiosity - starting a company - came into use for the first time, when he started to build up the Sales Team for Schokostück. They had numerous ups and downs up onto the exit with Ritter Sport. Following the acquisition of Schokostueck by Chocri GMBH/ Ritter Sport, Cecil was solely responsible for the Management of Schokostueck. 

In April 2016 he launched PrintPeter: The product is simple - PrintPeter prints for all students for free! PlusPeter is now the fastest growing student platform in Europe, sending out over 150.000 scripts monthly. Everything paid by Companies, who wants to connect with students through precised targeting.

#5 Game Changer – Future Trends
Industry 4.0 - Business is everywhere!
 
Dr. Johannes Michael Wareka
CEO, Marzek Etiketten+Packaging, Austria
Johannes Wareka grew up between printing machines and labels, and is the 4th generation of the family-owned Marzek Etiketten+Packaging, est. 1879 in Vienna, Austria by Karl Marzek.
Most of Johannes’ career, from 1980, has revolved around Marzek Etiketten and Packaging. His education, training, and work experience across Europe and the United States, with degrees in business administration and an official license as a computer consultant, provided a strong foundation for continuing his family’s legacy. In the early 1990s, he also served as a member of the "Converter Committee" at FINAT (the international organization of label printers)‎. 

As CEO, Johannes’ focus is on strategic development of the company that he has been a part of all his life. Under his management, Marzek Etiketten and Packaging was elected the best Family Company of Lower Austria in 2002, and has been granted several national and international awards, including four time winner of World Champion Labels.
Johannes says he views himself as a citizen of the world; he is a man of many interests, from philosophy to technology, evolution to brain research, traveling and cultures. 

#1 Game Changer – Change Management
Panel Discussion - Big Players' Management in Disruptive Times