GS1 in Europe Regional Forum
The GS1 in Europe Forum is the foundation for cooperation between our 49 Member Organisations. The Forum gathers European business leaders, European Associations, companies wanting to use the GS1 standards for enabling a seamless customer experience. Many topics such as traceability, marketplaces engagement, global data models, innovation, circular economy, the digital journey are among the essential topics that will be discussed during the event.
After organising fully in-person Fora over the last years, and a fully virtual one last year, this year the Regional Forum will take place in a hybrid format! The hybrid Forum will strategically incorporate in-person participation in Warsaw, Poland and virtual elements for online attendees.
We are committed to making this event an inspiring one, with many interesting speakers, exciting discussions and of course a few surprises!
Director of International Development and Brands
Laura Barnac has acquired a multidisciplinary experience on brands, with companies such as Procter & Gamble, Unilever and LVMH. Her last position in LVMH was E-retail international Director for LVMH the Wine & Spirits business in charge of growing the e-retail business across the world and leading the transformation it implies.
A few weeks ago she joined the Darome Group, a family company pioneering and leading the aromatic herbs category, with the mission to drive the change.
Head of Partnerships
Phil has been working with Fruugo since the UK MBO in 2012, initially in a consultancy capacity and then from 2017 as their Head of Partnerships. He manages a partnership portfolio of 100’s of retailers generating circa 60% of Fruugo’s total annual GTV, as well as responsible for developing new partnerships in many of Fruugo’s 46 global territories, most recently China and Turkey. With 92% of all sales on Fruugo being cross border, he is well placed to offer insights on selling internationally and how that can be best supported.
Callum Campbell is the CEO of Linnworks, a leading SaaS commerce platform that works with brands like Ford, Casio, Belkin and Ten Thousand. As CEO, Callum is responsible for ensuring Linnworks empowers brands to grow their business online. Prior to becoming Linnworks CEO in 2017, Callum founded Autonative, a global automotive ecommerce software and services business, where he currently sits as a board member. Callum earned a first class honors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath. Through Linnworks’ partnerships with leading global marketplaces including Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, Google and Facebook, Callum champions the vision of Total Commerce and the need for brands and retailers to be set-up to sell to their customers wherever they choose to purchase.
Project Leader for Circular Product Development
Melissa is a Product Manager specializing in circular design with 10 years of global, commercial experience across Asia, Europe and North America in sustainability and circular innovation. A future orientated disruptor that focuses on innovative solutions for tomorrow’s design questions.
She is a leader and strategic developer in circular innovation at IKEA of Sweden Center for Design. Researched, developed and embeded businesses cases on clean, care, repair, reuse and product passport. She is a Product developer for IKEA’s first action based range of products and has led the largest strategic customer engagement initiative at IKEA – Live LAGOM. Designed and executed strategy of repositioning IKEA towards customer sustainable living at home – across multiple countries with 1000s of participants, managing a £1.5m budget. Oversight of internal change management processes resulting in $11m in savings, new product and service delivery. Founded a community group, connecting others for social activism, and is a practicing ceramicist.
Using design thinking and agile methods, she help people and brands incorporate positive, conscious and sustainable design in their daily life and business. A strong supporter of making smart decisions that eliminates waste by closing the loop in production and design through collaboration, sustainable business models and exploring consumption patterns. I offer 10 years’ experience, knowledge and insight on how to collaborate, plan and form sustainable and circular business opportunities.
A more holistic approach to the design of products, services and projects is inevitable. We need to work together to implement the circular economy, to find the interconnectedness between humankind, nature and industry. Being process driven is one half, but being open to more is the everything. And in my experience, the systems thinking approach to problem solving has allowed me to deliver very purposeful solutions that produce more successful outcomes across the IKEA portfolio.
Category Structure Manager
Rafał serves as Category Structure Manager at Allegro.pl, the most popular shopping platform in Poland and one of the largest e-commerce websites in Europe. He has been working at Allegro for over 10 years. Currently, his team is part of the Product Catalogue Services team that focuses on productization of the Allegro platform, which will allow clients to search for specific products rather than browse offers. His main area of interest is building a category and parameters structure that allows Allegro clients to buy products in the most convenient way. Prior to Allegro he worked at Unilever and Jeronimo Martins. He is an Executive EMA graduate of Kozminski University. He is a great believer in the ingenuity of people and the power of teamwork. His leadership stake is: “To do the meaningful and impactful things that are aligned with my values and principles”.
Head of Project Management “Battery Passport”;
Global Battery Alliance And BASF SE
Dr. Torsten Freund leads the program to develop the GBA Battery Passport as a digital twin of an Electric Vehicle Battery reporting all relevant ESG performance KPIs of the supply chain. Moreover, the GBA Battery Passport Ecosystem will be designed to become the key instrument fostering a sustainable and circular battery economy.
Since July 2020, Torsten has been delegated to GBA from BASF where he serves in Corporate Technology strategic management.
Torsten joined BASF in 1996 developing chemistry driven sustainable solutions by leading teams in various functions from research through product and business development.
Aeris Futuro Foundation
Passionate creator and supporter of sustainable innovative solutions for businesses, cultural institutions, NGOs and local communities. Co-founder of the Aeris Futuro Foundation and a creator of the first CO2 Calculator in Poland that enables to estimate carbon footprint and compensate it through offset actions, such as planting trees. Fascinated by traditional and contemporary dances, a fan of forest trekking and biking.
One of the leading European experts in leadership, decision-making and talent management. Pawel passionately combines these topics with the perspective of technology revolution and its impact on the effectiveness of organizations, teams and individuals. He is the only Pole in the Global Gurus’ ‘TOP30’: in March 2021 he was recognized as world’s no. 5 in Startups and world’s no. 16 in Organizational Culture categories.
His book, “Labyrinth. The Art of Decision-Making”, was published in Polish in 2015 and became Harvard Business Review Poland all-time bestseller in just 4 weeks. The book was published in English (2019), Russian, Chinese and Greek (2020). His latest book, “Schrödinger’s World: The Chronicle of an Unpredictable Future” was published in November 2020.
In 2016 he was selected from over 16,000 candidates for the elite global group of Marshall Goldsmith’s “100 Coaches” initiative, alongside people such as Dr. Jim Kim, former President of the World Bank, Alan Mulally, former president of the Ford Motor Corporation, Aicha Evans, Vice President of Intel Corporation, or David Peterson, head of coaching at Google. In November 2019 Pawel was recognized as one of the Leading Global Coaches during Thinkers50 Gala in London.
Pawel completed Train-the-Trainer program at the McClelland Center in Boston (2005), and in 2015 he obtained an executive coach certificate at Stakeholder Centered Coaching. He has also completed The Executive Program at Singularity University in Silicon Valley in 2018 and ‘Minds and Machines’ course at MIT in 2021.
He is a valued inspirational speaker, consultant and advisor to the management boards of leading companies in Europe, North America and Asia, conducts numerous workshops and training programs for senior managers. He has delivered keynote speeches at conferences and conducted workshops with speakers such as Dr. Marshall Goldsmith, Prof. Dave Ulrich, Prof. Andrew McAfee, Neil Rackham, Prof. Joseph Badaracco, and Prof. Heike Bruch.
He worked for over eight years at the Hay Group consulting company, initially as a consultant, then as a leader in the Diagnostics team for Central and Eastern Europe. From 2007 to 2014 he was the CEO of the ICAN Institute, publisher of the Harvard Business Review Poland magazine.
(Policy) Project Lead in Platform Quality
Angelique Schriever joined bol.com, the biggest e-commerce platform in the Benelux, in 2019, in a pilot team set up for the quality of its assortment (which counts over 38 million products). The past years Angelique has worked on topics such as corona, illegal products, product safety, sustainability, and recalls. She is currently head of the quality theme Risk of Poisoning, Illness and Allergic Reaction. This includes projects such as Food & Drinks, and Medical Devices, and reaches over a million products. Next to creating and implementing policies under this theme, she also manages the product information innovation, and is lead on the GS1 connection project. To improve the scalable enforcement of the policies, she is taking the first steps in connecting the assortment of bol.com to data from GS1.
Angelique aspires to make bol.com a safe and reliable marketplace with a qualitative assortment together with its external sellers.
Ignacio Sanchez Recarte
CEEV (Comité Européen des Enterprises Vin)
Dr Ignacio Sánchez Recarte was named Secretary General of CEEV, the association representing the interests of European wine companies, in June 2015.
Before that he served as Director for Internal Market & Sustainability at spiritsEUROPE, the European representative body for spirit producers, and as Director of Environment affairs and Innovation, at Bodegas Chivite, a Spanish wine group.
For the previous 7 years, Ignacio worked for the International Organization of vine and wine (OIV), the scientific and technical intergovernmental organization in the field of wine, first as Head of the Viticulture Unit, then as Head of the Economy and Law Unit.
Prior to this, he was a researcher in the Food Technology Department of the Public University of Navarra.
Ignacio is an Agronomic Engineer from the Public University of Navarra and obtained his PhD in Engineering at the University of Lleida. A Spanish citizen, Ignacio is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.
In 2016, he was elected Vice-President of FIVS, the international federation of wine and spirits producers, and Vice-President of CELCAA, the organization representing EU associations and companies active in the sector of agricultural and agri-food trading.
Ignacio Sanchez Recarte
Associate - Lead, sustainable industrial and mobility strategies
Tilmann Leads SYSTEMIQ’s work on digital sustainable supply chains and mobility. In this function he has been responsible for developing a large consortium of German automotive industry to contribute to the EU Battery Passport and has lead the publication of multiple reports with World Economic Forum and the Circular Economy Initiative Germany on sustainable and circular strategies.
Before SYSTEMIQ, Tilmann worked with EY Sustainability, Volkswagen Corporate Foresight, GIZ, and the Desertec Foundation. He holds Degrees with distinction from Maastricht and Lund University.
Université de Paris/Center for Epigenetics and Cell Fate (UMR Epigénétique et Destin Cellulaire)
Jonathan Weitzman is a full-professor of Genetics and Epigenetics at the Université de Paris and the founding director of the Center for Epigenetics and Cell Fate (UMR Epigénétique et Destin Cellulaire). He trained at the University of Manchester and the University of Oxford, UK. He worked at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA and was a faculty member at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. Jonathan has a background in signal transduction pathways and expertise in gene regulatory networks and epigenetic contributions to disease. Jonathan has authored over 70 research articles and reviews and published two books for a lay audience. Jonathan is also passionate about teaching and is heavily committed to training and mentoring young researchers; he directs the European Masters’ in Genetics (Magistère de Génétique) at the Université de Paris and the Ecole Universitaire de Recherche G.E.N.E. Jonathan has led many interdisciplinary initiatives including the Laboratoire d’Excellence “LABEX Who Am I?” a research consortium focusing on questions of identity, the Académie Vivante, an innovative Art-Science teaching initiative and the “Dance Your PhD” graduate project. He is the co-host of the podcast The Lonely Pipette; helping scientists do better science.
CEO and Co-founder
Martin Willers is the CEO and Co-founder of Stockholm based consumer electronics brand Transparent. Transparent makes premium home audio products such as the award winning Transparent Speaker range. Martin has previously co-founded the product design consultancy People People that was acquired by EY Doberman in 2018.
Martin has a passion for sustainable products and has served as the editor in chief of the Swedish product sustainability guide and as thought leader for Kickstarter in New York where he helped shape their Environmental Resources and guides for crowdfunding projects thats been implemented over thousands of design and tech projects yearly.
VDI/VDE – Innovation + Technik GmbH
Marco studied chemistry at the Westfälische-Wilhelms University Münster, where he received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 2018 focusing on the Aging on Lithium Ion Batteries. Since 2019, he is working at VDI/VDE – Innovation + Technik GmbH focusing on the implementation of the Battery IPCEIs on the national and European level.
Senior Project Manager
Jochen Boy is a senior project manager in Deutsche Bundesbank`s cash department.
After graduating as a business economist he has been working for nearly 30 years in various cash related positions in the central bank. Since 2006 he is a project manager in the cash department at the Bundesbank’s Central Office, Frankfurt. Jochen has managed various projects to set up and expand a GS1 based communication between the Bundesbank and its professional cash handlers (banks, Cash-in-Transit companies, retail markets).
Jochen is a member of the Central Bank GS1 User Group, an international community of Central Banks using GS1 for their cash processes
Lars Christian Fredenlund
Lars Christian Fredenlund is the CEO and co-founder of Cobuilder, experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a backgrund as a carpenter, Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) focused in Construction Engineering from Høgskolen i Oslo (HiO).
Next to that he is a member of Construction Products Europe – Task Group Digitalisation (BIM), advisory board of the European project to DigiPLACE, Technical leader of two EU projects on REACH and CPR: ChemXchange and ProductInfoX; a member of buildingSMART International working with open standards, and true supporter of GS1 standards working leading the work on the Digital Supply Chain in Built Environment.
He is advising governments and National/European associations on data aggregation and exploitation. Lars works across Europe with all actors promoting the importance of implementing Smart CE and Data Templates and how this can enable Industry 4.0, Green deal and Circular Economy.
Lars Christian Fredenlund
Experienced Logistics Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the logistics and supply chain industry. He has 20 years’ experience in freight transport and logistics, management of international transport corridors, green transport and city logistics.
Currently, proud to be part of the LiNA Medical a family owned medical device company that has expanded across the globe. LiNA Medical develops innovative, safe and simple to use devices for minimally invasive gynecology, electro-surgery and laparoscopic surgery.
Formerly, project manager and senior consultant at the Institute of Logistics and Warehousing. He works as a trainer in The Higher School of Logistics. Received master degree at the Poznań University of Economics and Business, specialization: transport and logistics. Post graduated studies: Financial and Strategic Analysis and Pedagogy. Member of the Board of the Polish Logistics Association.
IRU Permanent Delegation, European Union
Raluca Marian is the General Delegate of the IRU Permanent Delegation to the European Union. Raluca leads the lRU Brussels team and is in charge of advocacy for the entire commercial transport by road, including freight transport and logistics and mobility of people.
Prior to joining IRU, for over 10 years, Raluca was a competition and regulatory lawyer in Norton Rose Fulbright’s team in Brussels, where she advised on a broad range of competition areas, such as merger control, investigations, abuse of dominance, horizontal and vertical agreements and State aid law. On the regulatory side, her focus has been on transport regulation and market access. She holds a Master of Laws from Vrije University Brussels.
Aidan Mercer is marketing director at buildingSMART with 10+ years of experience in the technology industry.BuildingSMART is the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry. buildingSMART is committed to delivering improvement by the creation and adoption of open, international standards and solutions for infrastructure and buildings. The role of Aidan includes the creation and development of thought leadership content on BIM, Going Digital, Big Data, IoT, geospatial, Smart Cities, Reality Modeling, 3D and various other topic areas for the infrastructure industry.
An expert in the field of sustainable business. Specializes in sustainability strategies, sustainability reporting, sustainable finance, managing relationships with key stakeholders, impact management, responsible sales.
The owner of the SAPERE consulting company, and assistant professor at the Warsaw School of Economics.
For almost ten years associated with consulting companies from B4. She has carried out dozens of consulting projects for the largest entities and capital groups in Poland. She worked for Polish and international companies as well as State Owned companies. She has experience in the implementation of projects for companies from various industries e.g. financial, energy, mining, FMCG, logistics, ICT, pharmaceutical.
Member of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Stakeholder Council and Vice President of Responsible Sales Declaration Council. She was a member of the 305 Technical Committee dealing with social responsibility, including the ISO 26000 standard. An expert in the Benefactor of the Year competition and in the Social StartUp competition. She was a member of the Committee verifying the translation of GRI G4 Guidelines into Polish.
The winner of the first edition of the “Man of knowledge and experience” award by the Coalition of the President-Volunteers. A winner of distinctions in the third edition of the Pióro Odpowiedzialności competition for the best expert CSR article. A winner of the second prize in Verba Veritatis contest for the best doctoral thesis on ethics and responsible management.
Graduated in political science and management at the Jagiellonian University, MBA Management for Central and Eastern Europe program (Haniel Foundation scholarship holder, program completed with honors) and an international LEAD-Leadership for Sustainable Future program. Defended with distinction a doctoral dissertation at the Warsaw School of Economics.
Global Lead Built Environment & EC&O Segment Lead
Paul Surin is the Global Lead Built Environment & EC&O Segment lead at IBM. He has a highly successful track record in leading both internal teams and external strategies, consultants, delivering innovative and commercially favourable solutions to all subject matters. Paul has an extensive knowledge of digital transformation strategies, BIM, Construction , Manufacturing, design & advice, modern methods of constructions, manufacturing processes, renewable energy technologies & energy performance of existing and new dwellings as well as planning regulations.
He is a chartered member and engineer of both the Institute of Engineering and Technology and the Chartered institute of Building and has degrees in Energy and Sustainable Development, Engineering in Mechanical, Robotics, IT and Architecture, along with further qualifications including a postgraduate diploma in Eco-Building Design.
Paul is a member of Built Environment Executive at the IET, vice-chair of BIM4HOUSING, co-opted UK expert at European Standardization Working Group for BIM – CEN TC 442 and ISO. Furthermore, he is a chairman of Construction Product Europe Digitalization Task Group where I am involved in strategies around Digital Built Environment and what it means for manufacturers, digital construction and BIM.
Thibaut is a passionate sustainability leader at the interface of circularity and innovation. As project manager at +ImpaKT, Thibaut contributed to several strategic circular economy projects in Luxembourg, including the national zero-waste strategy and a national guide for sustainable neighborhood development. Since 2018, he is in charge of leading for the initiative called Product Circularity Data Sheet (PCDS) launched by the Ministry of the Economy of Luxembourg, which aims at developing an industry standard for communicating circularity data of product throughout the supply chain.
GS1 FUNdamentals, The core to build the GS1 house!+
Event-based Visibility powered by EPCIS+
UDI in Europe: work in progress+
Transport & Logistics is in our DNA+
Do you hear the ECHO? - data in healthcare+
Coping with the new normal - an HR session+
Get our customer support to the next level+
Alcoholic Beverages, Get ready for e-label+
The MO digital journey continues+
What’s up in Construction – an outlook on the market & standards+
GS1's marketing capabilities continue to evolve+
GS1 in Rail – Using international standards to move into the digital future+
An interactive deep dive into innovation (sold out)+
Fruits & Vegetables: Present & Future!+
Data quality at the source+
Global Data Model, New horizons+
Global Migration to 2D+
Business Intelligence: a trend marketing session for you!+
Product passport for batteries, we’re in charge!+
Product images from your phone... Can you Picture It!?+
MO strategy session+
Marketplaces: the new normal+
COVID-19 safety measures: multi-layered safety approach
Based on the Polish regulations and the main measures that all the EU countries are adopting we are working on a multi-layered COVID-19 safety approach that includes prevention, protection, mitigation, monitoring and maintaining safety.
Measures include tests, touchless environments, re-vamped catering, meeting rooms occupancy monitoring, upgrades to facility infrastructure and strategies to increase personal commitments like adhering to social distancing.
More information will be shared with the participants before the event.
We are committed to trying to give you a great experience with useful and interesting content for both formats, in-person and online. Beyond the plenaries and sessions that will happen during the week, we will be live 8 hours a day through our GS1 in Europe Radio Station. With this radio station, you will be able to connect with the event in Warsaw from 09:00 to 18:00 CET, from Monday to Thursday, and see what is happening, see interviews with some of the event speakers, have recaps of the sessions, connect with colleagues, listen to good music and much more!