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Date: Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Venue: Boardroom A (M-building, second floor)


The event aims at raising awareness on the impact of Industry 4.0 which will be wide and profound, reaching all economic sectors, disciplines, and economies, and posing multiple challenges that will be particularly difficult to meet in developing countries. 


This event will discuss the Industry 4.0 paradigm and its implication for the realization of Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development (ISID). In this area, UNIDO plays a unique role as honest broker, providing knowledge sharing and policy advice and developing technical cooperation projects that address the specific needs of its Member States in relation to the new paradigm of Industry 4.0. The panelists will explore the various challenges and opportunities present in Industry 4.0 both for developed and developing countries and for different economic sectors. This event will pose and seek to answer a number of fundamental questions regarding the impacts of Industry 4.0 on the private sector, the role of governments, policy and strategies and international organizations in addressing the challenges and opportunities arising from Industry 4.0 for the three dimensions of sustainable development (economic, environmental and social).


The event will consist of two parts and will be moderated by Sarah Kelly, International Broadcaster. The event will be opened with welcome remarks from the UNIDO Director General and by Subhash Chandra Pandey, Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion of India's Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

- The first panel will introduce Industry 4.0 solutions and business opportunities in different economic sectors.

- The second panel will focus on the role of governments and the international community in supporting institutions and enterprises face the challenges of Industry 4.0.

Expected Outcomes

- Building awareness of Industry 4.0 solutions and its consequences for ISID and highlighting the importance of access to know-how, skills, education and technology.

- Informing governments on the importance of response and strategy to face the challenges of Industry 4.0 in developed and developing countries.

- Discuss the role of international organizations in harnessing the benefits of Industry 4.0 in developing countries.


Sarah Kelly
International Broadcaster
Sarah Kelly is the Anchor-at-Large at DW News (Deutsche Welle), Germany’s global broadcaster. She hosts the main international news programme weekdays around the world. Previously, Sarah was an anchor and producer at Bloomberg Television in New York, where she covered business and financial markets, and interviewed economists, experts and executives across Fortune 500 companies.

Opening Remarks

LI Yong
Director General
LI Yong has had an extensive career as a senior economic and financial policymaker throughout which he has accorded great importance to fiscal and financial measures in favour of agricultural development and small and medium-sized enterprises, the cornerstones for creating economic opportunities, reducing poverty and promoting gender equality.
Subhash Chandra Pandey
Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion
Ministry of Commerce and Industry of India
Subhash Chandra Pandey has over 34 years of distinguished public service to his credit covering public finance, budget and public expenditure management, government and public sector audit, research and development, systems development, information technology, industrial engineering and industrial development.

Keynote Speakers

Stephen Ibaraki
Managing partner
REDDS Venture Investment Partners
Stephen Ibaraki's philanthropic focus is on donating time and resources to advance research, innovation, start-ups, science, entrepreneurship and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. With over 100 senior executive roles, global awards and recognitions, Ibaraki is a multiple award-winning educator, researcher, speaker, writer, serial entrepreneur and executive board chairman since the 1980s.
Wilfried Sihn
Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH
Professor Wilfried Sihn has been active in the field of applied research and consulting services for more than 25 years, and has been involved in over 300 industrial projects. His areas of expertise include production management, corporate organization and logistics, life-cycle management, modelling and simulation, and business process optimization.


Hermann Aschentrupp Toledo
Ambassador, Deputy Chief of Mission
Embassy of Mexico and Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria
Ambassador Hermann Aschentrupp Toledo is a career diplomat of the Mexican Foreign Service. An Economist by education, he most recently worked as Deputy Director General for Bilateral Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Aschentrupp Toledo was also previously appointed to the Missions of Mexico to the European institutions in Brussels, to the OECD in Paris and to the UN Organizations in Geneva.
GAO Hongbing
Vice President of Alibaba Group and President of AliResearch
Alibaba Group
Gao Hongbing is a member of the council of the Centre for Informatization Study and a professor at the Zhejiang Provincial Party School and the China Executive Leadership Academy in Pudong. Gao has extensive experience in drafting informatization development strategies, internet regulations and policies. Prior to joining Alibaba, Gao served as a member of policy and strategic council of many companies, including of Huawei, Tencent, and Baidu.
David Harmon
Vice President for Global Public Affairs 
David Harmon is responsible for putting in place strategies within the ICT and digital agenda policy areas that enhance relations between Huawei Technologies and governments around the world.   
Kurt Hofstaedter
Head of Digital Factory CEE
Siemens AG Vienna
Kurt Hofstaedter is Siemens AG Austria’s Head of Digital Factory Central Eastern Europe (CEE), which focuses particularly on Industry 4.0. During his career, Hofstaedter also worked in the development of processors and microprocessor control technology. Besides his role in Siemens, Hofstaedter is an Advisory Board member of Fraunhofer Austria Research GmbH and of the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien.
Szilárd Orovica
General Manager
KUKA Robotics
Szilárd Orovica has extensive experience in the fields of Industry 4.0, digitalization, advanced technologies and agile leadership. He is Member of the Board at German-Hungarian Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Budapest.
Peter Post
Vice President of Applied Research
Festo AG & Co. KG
Peter Post is currently responsible for applied research at Festo AG & Co. KG and has held several functions in research and development since joining the enterprise in 1989. He is an active member of several scientific networks and clusters in Europe for applied research in production and manufacturing.
Ann Rosenberg
Senior Vice President and Global Head
SAP Next-Gen
Ann Rosenberg drives innovation as Senior Vice President and Global Head of SAP Next-Gen, a purpose-driven innovation community connecting customers with academia, start-ups, accelerators, venture firms and experts from SAP and partners. SAP Next-Gen aims to reimagine the future of industries with SAP Leonardo and support the UN Global Goals.
Mikhail Rychev
Deputy Director – Special Representative
National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”
Mikhail Rychev worked on the creation of scientific technological parks and innovation centers in several countries in Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). He also worked as Deputy Head of the Federal Agency for Special Economic Zones Management prior to his appointment as Special Representative of the Kurchatov Centre in European International Organizations.
Jouke Verlinden
Assistant Professor, Human-Centered Digital Fabrication
TU Delft
Jouke Verlinden has a background in interactive computer graphics and virtual reality. He worked in industry as interaction designer and project manager before returning to academia. Verlinden is working on 'Augmented Matter in Context' to enable embodied dialogues by bridging physical and digital boundaries.

For more information, please contact:

Olga Memedovic

Chief, Business Environment, Cluster and Innovation Division

UNIDO Department of Trade, Investment and Innovation