ETSA's 2017 Members' Conference Speakers
"Innovation and disruption - The textile services sector in transition"
Mr. Juha Laurio was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Lindström Group in March 2008. He joined Lindström Group as Executive Vice President, COO in March 2006.
Mr. Laurio has extensive experience in international business. Prior to joining Lindström Group he held several positions at Perlos Group in Finland and in USA during 2000-2005. His last position at Perlos Group was President, Americas Region. Prior to Perlos Group he held a position at Wärtsilä NSD Corporation as a Development Engineer at R&D of Diesel and Gas Engines. Mr. Laurio was appointed as the new chairman of ETSA (Europe's leading textile service association) in mid-July for period of three years 2014-2017.
Mr. Laurio holds a Master of Science degree in Technology, Mechanical Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology.
Charlie Betteridge is Christeyns' Vice President Global Corporate Accounts. He joined Procter & Gamble straight from Oxford University in 1979, having obtained an M.A. in Politics, Philosophy & Economics. When P&G sold the business to Osmac in 1985, he first ran one of the Osmac sister companies in Britain. In 1989 he moved to the continent to set up a new laundry detergent business in Germany and then went to France in 1993 as Managing Director for the European laundry business. Following the takeover by Christeyns in 1995, Charlie was responsible for all laundry business outside Belgium. When Christeyns acquired the JohnsonDiversey business in 2005, he became M.D. for the Central European region. After internal restructuring in 2012 he became Vice President with responsibility for the large international groups as well as the trade associations. He is on the Boards of ETSA, TSA and WIRTEX and maintains top level contact with the other suppliers to the industry. Charlie is married with two children and lives in the Black Forest in Southern Germany.
Robert Long is the Secretary General of ETSA and has led the association for over 20 years since its creation in 1994
Deborah Santus Roosen
Deborah Santus joined ETSA in March 2017. An Italian national, Deborah brings solid EU and textile association experience having worked for Euratex, the European Commission, the European Parliament and other International Organizations on R&D, Standards, Environment and Sustainability matters. Deborah reinforces ETSA Secretariat on project management, communication and regulatory affairs.
Dr Katie Laird is a Senior Lecturer in Microbiology in the School of Pharmacy and Head of the Infectious Disease Research Group at De Montfort University. She has a BSc (Hons) in Biology and obtained a PhD in Applied Microbiology in 2008. She has a research team of seven and her interests include the prevention of Hospital Acquired Infections, through novel antimicrobials and healthcare textiles.
Paul Mooney, Irish-French. Bachelor of Science in International Marketing Management from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Principal with Ducker Worldwide, Leading Industrial & B2B Market Intelligence & Consulting company. Offices in Paris, London, Berlin, Detroit, Shanghai and Bangalore. Over 2O years' experience in global Voice of the Customer, New Product and Service Development, Competitive Intelligence.
Conducted dozens of bespoke assignments in integrated facility management (i.e. building automation, HVAC, Refrigeration, Hygiene, Workwear, Textile, Beverages).
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer, entrepreneur based in London and director of designswarm.
She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014).
She is the founder of the Good Night Lamp, connected lamps for your global friends and family.
She was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK.
She has been running the London Internet of Things meetup since 2011, the second largest meetup on that topic in the world.
Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the London Design Museum and galleries around the world.
She is part of the Mozilla Leadership Network Advisory Group on the board of the Virt-EU project and an advisor to many startups.
Dominik Bösl is responsible for Innovation and Technology Management at the KUKA Group and as one of eleven KUKA Technology Owners he defines the group's strategy on Apps, Cloud and Internet of Things. Dominik graduated with a diploma in computer science from the University of Augsburg and a MBA degree from the University of Pittsburgh.
He started his career in 1999 at Siemens and helped to establish the foundations for today's mobile ecosystem by bringing the first UMTS broadcasting cell to market, before joining Microsoft Germany in 2005. At Microsoft, he held various leading positions with national responsibility in developer evangelism. Instead of moving to Seattle and joining Microsoft Corporation at a leading position in program management, he joined the KUKA group where he has been responsible for Innovation and Technology Management at KUKA since he joined KUKA Laboratories in 2011 as Head of Corporate Strategy and Member of the Board. Since 2012, he works as Corporate Innovation Manager in the CTO Office at KUKA AG and has the responsibility for innovation efforts for the KUKA group. Besides his career, he has constantly been working as a lecturer at different Universities, within Munich Technical University (TUM), and is author of technical and scientific publications. In his spare time, he is publishing educational concepts around serious gaming and works as head of a charity organization that maintains AntMe!, one of the world's most successful serious games.
On 1st September 2015, Karl Falkenberg was appointed Senior Advisor to the European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) dealing with Sustainable Development. He is at present a Senior Fellow attached to St Antony's College in Oxford for the academic year 2016/17 Before that, from January 2009 to August 2015, he was Director-General of Environment of the EU Commission. He has also a long experience as trade negotiator in the European Commission and was Deputy Director General for Trade from 2005 to end 2008. Karl Falkenberg is a trained economist and journalist.
Journalist, Writer, Keynote Speaker, Media Consultant.
Columnist for Germany's Business Monthly "Capital".
Former Editor-in-Chief "Handelsblatt" and Assistant Editor (Honorary) "The Wall Street Journal Europe". Long-standing career in journalism with postings in Frankfurt, Moscow and Tokyo.
Author of several books on economics, marketing, politics and history (2012:"Karl Marx - The First Thinker of Globalization")
Chairman of the Board Cologne School of Journalism
Lecturer International School of Management (ISM)
Andreas Holzer is the CEO of bardusch Switzerland and of the bardusch Group.
Alfonso Marra is the CEO of Klopman International Srl, the European leader of technical fabrics since 1968 for the workwear, protective wear and corporate wear sectors. The company has the largest market share in the workwear sector having been the first to introduce the use of polyester/cotton blends to the market.
59 years old, native of Lecce, Puglia in southern Italy, Alfonso has been at the helm since March 2013, but he has always worked in an international context, with managerial and directorial positions delivering greenfield and M&A expansion projects. Before joining Klopman, he led the multinational abrasive tools firm Tyrolit, part of the Swarovski Group. He was President of FEPA - the Federation of European Producers of Abrasives - and is still Honorary Chairman. He has also held positions in Confindustria and gives regular lectures at the University of Bologna. Alfonso is married and has three children.
Luc de Brabandere
Luc de Brabandere is a fellow and a senior advisor of The Boston Consulting Group. He leads strategic seminars with boards, senior executives and managers from a wide range of companies looking to develop new visions, new products and services, and long-term scenarios to prepare the future.
He is the author or co-author of 15 books including "Thinking in New Boxes", co author with Alan Iny.
He also teaches at the Louvain School of Management and at the Ecole Centrale in Paris