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The Innovation Expo 2018 is open to visitors from 09.30 a.m. until 06.00 p.m. The bustling expo hall features a host of interesting and amazing innovations for you to enjoy throughout the day. The special Network app enables you to meet interesting discussion partners.

Not all the sessions will be conducted in English. In the months ahead, the website will clearly indicate which language will be spoken. English will be the official language in two of the three keynote sessions. You may attend the keynote presentations on the plenary grandstand or watch them on screens located elsewhere on the RDM premises. In addition, we are offering you the unique opportunity to attend the semi-finals of the Accenture Innovation Awards, hosted by the IE this year. IE participants may have an exclusive look at the English-language pitches by the semi-finalists. An exciting lead-up to the finals of the Accenture Innovation Awards on 2 November.  You can also attend the Eurostars sessions on international innovation cooperation. The sessions will take place at various locations on the RDM grounds.

A diverse keynote presentation programme chaired by Pauline de Wilde will introduce you to the world of progress, allows you to experience the impact of innovations, and lets you be inspired by entrepreneurs.

The list on this page will be supplemented in the months ahead. Monitor our website and social media channels for updates.

Moderator | Pauline de Wilde

Pauline de Wilde

Anchor-woman Pauline de Wilde is the day chair. She started her television career at the end of the 1990s in Seattle, USA, where she made the move from Economics graduate (University of Amsterdam) to actress. As an anchor-woman, she has mainly made her name with the RTLZ business shows Ondernemerszaken, Duurzaam Ondernemen, and Lokaal Duurzaam. In these shows, Pauline hosts entrepreneurs to discuss various topics such as social media, IT, security, E-invoices, and writing a business plan for a new company.

Pauline knows perfectly how to combine her economics background with a stage presence. As day chair, Pauline is known for the charming and concrete way in which she conveys substantively tough topics. She delivers high-level quality and does so with her personal flair. Pauline weighs in, is flexible, and always prepared to perfection. Since she is guided by her feelings, she always manages to create the right atmosphere and, if need be, she knows how to move the audience. She renders substantive themes accessible to a wide audience and ensures that her message is conveyed and sinks in.

Keynote | Louise O. Fresco

Louise O. Fresco

Prof. Dr Louise O. Fresco, agricultural and food expert, was appointed Chair of the Governing Board of Wageningen University & Research Centre on 1 July 2014.

In 1986, Louise O. Fresco obtained her doctorate with distinction in the field of cultivation of tropical plants and production systems at Wageningen University.

From January 2000 until May 2006, she held the position of Assistant Director-General at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) in Rome; in this capacity, she was responsible for technological matters relating to agricultural production and, later on, food supply as well.

From June 2006 until July 2014, Louise Fresco held a chair at the University of Amsterdam, focusing on the principles of sustainable development from an international perspective.

In addition to a range of memberships of scientific academia, Louise Fresco has also held various top positions within the business community (Rabobank, Unilever), has sat on Advisory Councils (SER, Delta Commission, The Hague Institute for Social Justice), and chaired the European Commission FP7 evaluation committee.

She is actively involved on several boards (Royal Concertgebouw, Dutch National Opera & Ballet, De Gids literary periodical), and is a columnist (NRC newspaper), and author of novels and essays.

Keynote | Ahmed Aboutaleb

Ahmed Aboutaleb

Ahmed Aboutaleb was appointed as Mayor of Rotterdam on 5 January 2009.

Before that, he held the positions of State Secretary of Social Affairs and Employment (2007-2008) and Alderman of the City of Amsterdam (2004-2007). At age fifteen, Mr Aboutaleb arrived in the Netherlands, together with his mother and brothers, to join his father. The family lived in The Hague, where he successively completed junior secondary technical school, senior secondary technical school, and higher technical education. He graduated in 1987, specialising in telecommunications.

Mayor Aboutaleb is a firm champion of the values embedded in the Dutch Constitution: freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and the principles of non-discrimination. He regards the acquisition of Dutch nationality as a commitment to respect and propagate these values, and to help build the we-society. The more that people participate in this society, the stronger and more resilient it will be, for better or for worse. He regularly goes into town to meet with residents and discuss issues at play in their districts.

Keynote | Yousef Yousef

Yousef Yousef

Yousef Yousef is an entrepreneur who imbued innovation into the DNA of LG Sonic when he took over this loss-making company in 2011. He has shifted the company’s focus from selling products to developing water technology solutions for clients. This called for innovation. For example, the three man, one woman team embarked on the development of the MPC Buoy, a complete solution for monitoring waters and keeping them algae-free without chemicals or a negative impact on other underwater life. A project acknowledged by the European Commission for its high degree of innovation and supported by a grant. This marked the start of an R&D intensive water company that rapidly conquered the world. Meanwhile, the LG Sonic solutions are being implemented in more than 52 countries across the globe, in natural waters, in industry, and in waste water purification plants. Over the past four years, the company itself has seen an annual growth of some 40 per cent, in terms of both turnover and staff numbers. Yousef is increasingly involved in other innovation projects and technological start-ups.

Keynote | Peter Hinssen

Peter Hinssen

A serial entrepreneur, advisor, keynote speaker and author, Peter is one of the most sought-after thought leaders on radical innovation, leadership and the impact of all things digital on society and business. He lectures at various business schools such as the London Business School (UK) and MIT in Boston. Peter has founded nexxworks to help organizations become fluid, to innovate and thrive in ‘The Day After Tomorrow’.

Keynote | Allard Castelein

Allard Castelein

After completing medical school, Allard Castelein (1958) started his career at Royal Dutch Shell, where he held various national and international positions. His last position was that of Director of Environmental Affairs for Shell worldwide. On 1 January 2014, he was appointed as CEO of the Rotterdam Port Authority, a position in which he is making a case for the energy transition and digitalisation in the port area.