The Lux Executive Summit is a global forum for leaders tackling innovation challenges. The event brings together Lux Research’s thought leaders to provide a forward-looking perspective on innovation around mission-critical topics. This year, the event focuses on the growing prominence of sustainability.
This year's virtual event will feature the brightest minds in your industry, sharing cutting-edge insight that will help put sustainability at the heart of innovation. Along with expert presentations, panel discussions, and keynote speakers, we have hand-selected 15 different industry experts to participate in our 5 panels to discuss topics including climate tech innovation, sustainable business models, health data, sustainability-led innovation planning, and how to appeal to the consumer of 2030.
Learn more about the different companies participating in the panels below!
Climate Tech: Innovators Panel
PANEL MODERATOR: CECILIA GEE, ANALYST AT LUX RESEARCH
- Nina Birger, Vice President of Partnerships at Greentown Labs
- Fred van Beuningen, Managing Partner at Chrysalix Venture Capital
- Charles Vaslet, Partner at Emerald Technology Ventures
- Terhi Johanna Vapola, Vice President, Founder and Head at Helen Ventures
As the wave of the energy transition continues to spur global change, climate tech has emerged as the new focus and interest as it relates to addressing GHG emissions. Industries are seeking answers to climate tech – what does it mean, what technologies exist, and where to look for opportunities. This panel will invite key stakeholders from different vantage points and roles like in industry and venture capital to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and challenges and opportunities.
The Circular Economy Innovators Panel: Sustainability-led Innovation Planning
PANEL MODERATOR: Tugce Uslu, PDEng, analyst at lux research
- Paolo Bavaj, Head of Henkel Tech Ventures at Henkel AG & Co. KGaA
- Sharayla Cleare, Open Innovation Leader at The Clorox Company
- Julia Mangin, Business Development & Sustainability Manager at Recology
Most companies have set sustainability goals, and realizing these goals require companies to rethink their innovation planning – but they are often unsure exactly how to incorporate sustainability considerations at different stages of the innovation process. This panel discussion will explore approaches to align corporate sustainability goals with technology innovation.
Emerging Technologies: Innovators Panel on Sustainable Business Models
PANEL MODERATOR: Shriram Ramanathan, Ph.D., RESEARCH DIRECTOR at lux research
- Christophe Marché, Global Business Development Leader for Packaging & Specialty Plastics at Dow
- Matt Stanley, Director, Cleantech Investments at BDC Capital
- Miriam Eaves, Head of Origination at BP LaunchPad
Traditional industries have been built around fueling growth by selling more goods and producing them at lower and lower costs. On the other hand, becoming sustainable dictates that companies sell less while also adopting costly sustainable technologies both of which can impact profit margins. Does becoming sustainable really mean that companies can no longer continue to grow? With companies entrenched in these “sell more, produce cheap” business models for centuries, can they even successfully transition to new sustainable business models? If so, how, and what challenges are they likely to face in this transition? We will dive into some of these issues with a panel of industry experts.
Health Data Debate – More Privacy or More Access?
PANEL MODERATORS: Danielle Bradnan, ANALYST, AND Nardev Ramanathan, Ph.D., SENIOR ANALYST at lux research
- George Palikaras, President and CEO at Meta Materials Inc. (META)
- Gourab Mukherjee, CEO and Co-Founder at Aktivolabs
- Oded Kraft, CEO at GrayMatters Health Ltd.
One of the UN sustainable development goals is access to quality care at an affordable price for all. While emerging digital technologies such as consumer wearables and health IoT devices promise to address that goal, at the core of all these digital solutions lies personal health data, the ownership of which has become a heated debate especially as this data can now be monetized and sold. While it is clear in most jurisdictions that health data is owned by the patient, ultimately providers, payers, pharma, and other health organization may be in a better position to analyze and develop new medicines and treatments for the population with access to health data.
The Future Consumer Innovators Panel: The Consumer of 2030
PANEL MODERATOR: Samhitha Udupa, VP Product Operations at lux research
- Karen Gilsdorf, Material Innovation Engineer at Patagonia
- Alan Blatter, Senior Manager, Evaluation Sciences at Edgewell Personal Care
Brands and companies are setting ambitious sustainability goals for 2030, but these efforts are futile unless consumers adopt new technologies and play their role to support the initiatives and efforts. Companies need to find strategies to educate and bring consumers along on the journey. This panel discussion will explore strategies that leading companies are adopting to find ways to work with their consumers towards sustainability while strengthening brand loyalty.
learn more about the 2021 lux executive summit
This year's event will feature four customizable tracks: Climate Tech, Circular Economy, Future Consumer, and Emerging Tech. Come hear from industry experts and our 15 hand-selected panel participants!
We look forward to having you join us virtually at our 17th annual Lux Executive Summit. Check out our full event agenda for more details, and let us know which topics you’re most interested in exploring with the Lux team and other leading innovators.