Richard van Hooijdonk, Trend watcher and Futurist. His inspiration sessions have been attended by over 420,000 people. Richard is a regular guest at radio and television programs. With his international research team, he investigates tech trends like robotics, drone technology, autonomous transport systems, Internet of Things, virtual reality, biotech, nanotech, neurotech, blockchain, 3D and 4D printing and of course augmented and virtual reality and their impact on various industries.
Chief Procurement Officer of KPN Michelle Baker. The workplace of the future will be AI-augmented, robotically-enhanced, and filled with more data than we can ever even imagine. Succeeding in that environment will require functions that know how to best exploit these developments, populated by people who understand how to differentiate themselves and their roles as humans in this increasingly automated world. Building a future-proof procurement function will require our boldly embracing these technologies and not fearing to use them where they can do things better than humans can, whilst building uniquely human capabilities into assets the firm value. Collaboration, facilitation, and business-specific insights, will be the currencies of the successful procurement function of the future.