ETSA's 2019 Members' Conference Speakers

"Challenges and opportunities facing textile services"

Charlie Betteridge

Charlie Betteridge

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

Robert Long

Robert Long is the Secretary General of ETSA and has led the association for over 20 years since its creation in 1994

Nicklas Bergman

Nicklas Bergman

Nicklas Bergman is a high technology investor, nanotechnology expert and entrepreneur. He has spent the last 20 years working as a serial entrepreneur and investor focusing on emerging markets and technologies. With vast experience from navigating through turbulent and uncertain technology environments, he is a perfect guide when trying to understand what the future will bring.

His focus has mostly fallen on investments in emerging markets, web services, nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art. He is the co-founder and largest investor in several companies including the Volvo trucks and buses distribution network in Romania, an electron microscopy company with a unique patented technology for movement and interaction on the atomic scale, and a Scandinavian ski resort development that has attracted investments of over US$100 million in the past few years, and invigorated a whole region in the north of Sweden. Bergman is also advisor to the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington DC, which is trying to understand where we are heading, and if society will be able to handle the upcoming technology revolution. Further, as part of an emerging research project at Lund University in Sweden, Bergman is focusing on humankind's relationship to technology and technological development, and more specific on the business implications of multi-disciplinary and transformative emerging technologies in the coming 5-50 years.

His book "Surviving the Tech Storm" tackles the strategic implications of disruptive technologies and is becoming increasingly relevant as technology gets more and more integrated into corporate strategy and decision making. According to a recent study by Constellation Research, digital challenges, automation and technology in general are five of the top 10 issues that keep CXOs awake nowadays.

He takes pride in customising his talks to his audiences and present credible facts in an entertaining manner, always with the goal to surprise and provide insights as well as useful tools. Nicklas Bergman is an insightful business leader and passionate technology adopter who has a broad knowledge base - including the latest technology trends as well as the latest market research trends, Big Data and different aspects of entrepreneurship. Nicklas is guided by personal ethics and a deep-rooted desire for a sustainable future.

John Bruton

John Bruton

John Bruton was Prime Minister (Taoiseach) of Ireland from 1994 to 1997.

He was first elected to Dail Eireann in 1969 and served continuously as a member until 2004. In the 1970's,he was a Parliamentary Secretary in the Departments of Education, and of Industry and Commerce. In the 1980's, he served as Minister for Finance (twice), Minister for Industry and Energy, and as Minister for Industry, Trade, Commerce and Tourism .He was Leader of the Fine Gael Party from 1990 to 2001. From 2002 to 2003, he was a member of the presidency of the Convention on the Future of Europe, which did the bulk of the drafting work of the Lisbon Treaty, which currently governs the operations of the European Union.

From 2004 to 2009, he was EU Ambassador to the United States.

From 2010 to 2015, he was President of IFSC Ireland. Currently, he is a member of the boards of Ingersoll Rand, of the Irish Diaspora Loan Origination Fund of Smart Invest Ltd and of the European Advisory board of Eli Lilly. He is also a member of the board of the Centre for European Policy Studies, of Cooperation Ireland, and of the Club de Madrid. He is a Distinguished Fellow at the Centre for Transatlantic Relations in Washington DC and was a visiting fellow at the European Institute in the London School of Economics. Mr Bruton graduated from University College Dublin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and politics in 1968, before studying to become a barrister. He was called to the Bar of Ireland in 1972.

As a student, he was a member of the FCA. He played rugby with North Kildare RFC and has been a member of Lansdowne tennis club. In 2014, he was President of the Clongowes Union. He holds Honorary Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland, the University of Missouri, and the National University of Ireland.

He is the author of "Faith in Politics", a collection of essays on politics, economics and religion, published by the Currach Press in 2015. He speaks regularly at conferences on economics, business and politics.

He is married to Finola (nee Gill) and they have four adult children.

Uwe Horstmann

Uwe Horstmann

Uwe Horstmann is co-founder and managing director of a Project A Ventures, where he is responsible for the areas Operations, Product Management and Interim Management. At Project A Ventures, Uwe focuses on product management, internationalization and interim management. After having served with the United Nations in the war-torn regions of Eastern and Central Africa, he discovered his passion for humanitarian logistics and remains active in this field until today, working e.g. as a strategic consultant to Oxfam, trying to bring learnings from the private sector to the NGO space.

He studied business administration at WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar / Germany.

He has been working with Berlin-based startup incubator Rocket Internet (mostly known for its ventures eDarling, Zalando and CityDeal / Groupon) since 2007. Since 2009 he served as its managing director, focusing primarily on international rollouts. He is also a judge in business plan competitions held by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. He is a regular lecturer in Entrepreneurship at his alma mater WHU and a researcher in the same field embedded in his PhD studies at RWTH Aachen.

Stefan Michaelis

Stefan Michaelis is Jonny Fresh CEO