Meet the consumer goods innovators joining the Autonomous Innovation Summit

The Autonomous Innovation Summit, Dec 6th – 7th 2023 will discover how AI is revolutionizing the very fabric of innovation. It’s your chance to join masterclasses, keynotes, Q&As and workshops with the brightest minds at the intersection of AI, tech, business strategy, and creative thinking.

And have we got some exciting speakers on the line-up! From some of the world’s largest consumer goods companies to global retailers.

Check out some of the pioneers in Consumer Products and the insightful topics they’ll discuss. Join us for a unique opportunity to learn and connect with the forefront of innovation.

Food & beverage pioneers

Koen Burghouts, VP of Innovation @ PepsiCo

Lessons from PepsiCo: AI-powered product innovation and design
Dec 6th - 19:15 - 19:45 CET / 13:15 - 13:45 EST

Meet Koen Burghouts, the VP of Innovation at PepsiCo, a visionary leader with a strategic focus on driving innovation and brand growth. With a hands-on approach, Koen leads the development and execution of the innovation agenda, taking ownership of both platform and brand P&L.

Koen’s main priority is to turn PepsiCo’s innovation efforts into sustainable growth. During the summit he’ll uncover how PepsiCo uses GenAI to test, build and launch new products.  

Aadit Patel, VP of Product & Engineering @ NotCo

AI modeling for food innovation
Dec 7th - 17:20 - 17:40 CET / 11:20 - 11:40 EST

Our next speaker is one that has been on a mission for a while. Aadit Patel & his team at NotCo want to reduce consumer meat consumption. 

Aadit leads a global team of scientists and engineers dedicated to developing a Machine Learning System focused on formulating innovative plant-based foods. His mission is to contribute to lowering agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. 

Notco, a Foodtech company, reimagines animal-based foods using only plants, making healthy eating effortless and delicious. Unlike traditional food businesses, Notco leverages technology to recreate beloved products in a natural, sustainable, and affordable manner, emphasizing functionality, ease of use, and mouthwatering taste.

Join Aadit at the forefront of revolutionizing the future of food.

Christian Saclier

Christian Saclier VP of Design Innovation @ PepsiCo

Using GenAI to design new products
Dec 7th - 17:00 - 17:30 CET / 11:00 - 11:30 EST

Christian Saclier, the visionary VP of Design at PepsiCo, will take you on a journey into the future of consumer product design using GenAI.

With a diverse background in R&D, Marketing, and Operations, Christian is a creative design and innovation leader known for his ability to envision the future and drive change across various industries, from Pharmaceuticals to Health Foods & Beverages.

As an associate professor at Art Center College of Design and a guest lecturer at top MBA and Design schools worldwide, Christian shares his insights on innovation, design thinking, and new technology.

Join Christian as he shares his learnings on product design and innovation using generative AI.

Consumer goods innovators

Julia Krantz, Founder and Chief Creative @ Magic Fabric

AI in Fashion
Dec 6th - 16:20 - 16:40 CET / 10:20 - 10:40 EST

Julia is the creator behind the site Magic Fabric that’s since 2014 has been exploring the next frontier of fashion through emerging technologies including AI and XR. She has throughout the years featured rising talent, innovative projects, and cutting-edge software that’s later come to shape the future of the industry.

Previously she worked as the Creative Director of fit tech company Volumental, developing 3D scanning and AI solutions for retail. During her tenure she’s worked with some of the world’s leading footwear brands, using 3D data to build entirely new and personalized shopping experiences.

She is a frequent speaker on the topic of AI for the creative industries with a big passion for how new technologies find their way into society. Navigating the intersection between technology, art, and creativity, she explores how these seemingly disparate worlds can merge to create truly transformative experiences – close to magic.


Paqui Lizana, Global Head of Technology Strategy @ IKEA

AI: Increasing fun, reducing fear
Dec 6th - 17:15 - 17:35 CET / 11:15 - 11:35 EST

Paqui Lizana is currently contributing to one of the most beloved brand’s transformations as the Director of Innovation at IKEA.

Passionate about the intersection of creativity and technology, her collaborative leadership spans diverse sectors, from retail, consumer goods, and digital manufacturing to automotive. With over 15 years of experience, she enjoys working with diverse teams to tackle complex challenges.

Paqui firmly believes in a world where everything is interconnected, and interdisciplinary thinking is the key to driving the future. 

Joshua Young

Joshua Young, Director, Digital Product Creation @ VF Corporation

Sylwia Szymczyk, 3D Apparel Specialist @ VF Corporation

How fashion brands can innovate using AI
Dec 7th - 15:45 - 16:15 CET / 09:45 - 10:15 EST

Joshua Young, a visionary leader, brings two decades of expertise in spearheading digital transformations within the global fashion arena. From pioneering Digital Product Creation and 3D retail planning to redefining digital consumer experiences, Joshua’s mission is clear: uncover the untapped ‘white spaces’ of e-commerce, marrying brand essence with groundbreaking gamified engagements.

With nearly 20 years as innovation manager at Nike, and nearly 4 with VF Corporation, Josh has spearheaded innovation and digital creation with brands like Nike, Timberland, and North Face.

Sylwia Szymczyk is a dynamic and passionate 3D Fashion technology expert from Timberland, who simplifies and teaches complex technological concepts in fashion innovation. She is quickly becoming a go-to source for fashion innovation, with 15+ years of experience working with major fashion powerhouses like Armani, Max Mara Fashion Group and VF Corporation.

Together they’ll discuss how fashion brands can use GenAI tools to ideate, innovate and increase speed to market.

Join us at the Autonomous Innovation Summit as we discover radically better ways to innovate, using AI.

This is more than a summit; it’s a launchpad for leaders who aspire to shape the future rather than react to it. Engage with experts, share insights, and emerge with a blueprint for your own journey.

Grab your tickets here.

Join us at our virtual Autonomous Innovation Summit  to discover how AI is changing the way we innovate, operate and design – and how businesses can transform to thrive in this autonomous world.



JUNE 5 & 6