Building the Intelligent Organization
Unlocking the Potential of AI
Munich | 15-16 May

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“AI will be bigger than electricity or fire […] AI is probably the most important thing humans have ever worked on. When you think about a lot of problems in the world, we typically have a constraint on resources. AI for the first time offers a different construct.” – Sundar Pichai, CEO, Google

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a fast-moving technology with a long road ahead of it. For all its surrounding hype, AI is still in its infancy, and remains far from its ultimate destiny as a fully realized facsimile of human intelligence capable of complex, contextual reasoning and strategic decision-making.

But, AI is improving. And fast.

AI Is Going Mainstream

Until very recently, AI research was kept largely under the radar, and confined to big technology companies. But today, AI is a business necessity when it comes to understanding and analysing valuable data. Aside from dealing with data, AI is now used by companies across the spectrum to automate processes, detect fraud, respond to customer queries and carry out menial, but important, administrative tasks.

The emergence of a technology that teaches machines to think like people has vast implications for individual workers, businesses, industries, and, more broadly, the global economy.

Backed by billions in investment capital and top-flight tech talent around the world, AI will continue to fulfil its transformative potential over the next decade or so. Companies that start preparing today will position themselves to thrive in an environment redefined by AI. The good news is that companies still have time for a deliberate, strategic AI transformation.

What AI Success Looks Like

Successful companies will let business strategy lead AI deployment, not the other way around. They will focus on what their business needs, not what the technology can do. Most importantly, they will understand the extent of organizational change required as automation supplants human employees across the enterprise. Companies need new capabilities, structures, and processes to meet a new set of challenges brought on by widespread AI adoption.

Join us in May 2018 in Munich for the Digital Business Forum, where we will discuss with business leaders, innovators, and academics the challenges, applications, implications, and opportunities that AI presents for building a truly intelligent organization.

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Day 1: Tuesday, May 15

Introducing the Applicability of AI
Co-Hosted with Microsoft

*Session livestreams are available here.

16:30 – 17:00

Client registration commences

17:00 – 17:10

Opening Remarks (Livestream)
— Martin Eisenhut, Partner, Head of DACH Region, A.T. Kearney


17:10 – 18:30

AI Use Cases presented by A.T. Kearney & Microsoft (Livestream)

19:00 – 20:00

Keynote Presentations: Impact of AI on Traditional Business Models (Livestream)
— Johann Jungwirth, Chief Digital Officer, Volkswagen AG
— Dieter May, SVP, Digital Products & Services, Digital Customer Interface, BMW

20:00 – 20:30

Drinks Reception & Flying Buffet

Day 2: Wednesday, May 16

Building the Intelligent Organization

08:00 – 09:00

Registration and Test Lab

09:00 – 09:15

Opening Remarks (Livestream)
— Alex Liu, Managing Partner & Chairman of the Board, A.T. Kearney

09:15 – 10:00

Keynote: On a Global Quest for Real Corporate Innovation (Livestream)
— David Rowan, Founding UK editor-in-chief of WIRED

10:00 – 10:25

Keynote: Driving Innovation (Livestream)
— Hakan Koç, Founder & Managing Director, AUTO1 Group

10:25 – 10:55

Introducing the disruptors and Innovators (Livestream)
— Elevator Pitches from the following pioneering partners of the A.T. Kearney Digital Ecosystem:



10:55 – 11:20

Coffee Break

11:20 – 12:40

Presentations & Panel: Enhancing the Customer Experience through AI/Digital Technologies (Livestream)
— Edgar van Zoelen, Global Head of HealthSuite Labs & Ecosystem Management, Philips
— Antonio Galiano, Chairman,; Head of e-Bank, Iccrea; Board Member, Bancomat Spa
— Gero Gunkel, Group Head of AI, Zurich Insurance


12:40 – 13:30

Lunch and Test Lab

13:30 – 15:00

Workshops: Industry & Functional Deep-Dives

  • Creating the Self-Learning Supply Chain:
    During this session we will be taking a deep dive into the impact of digital on operations across industries, discussing the paths leading to transformational success that leaders might consider taking. We’ll also be examining the role to be played by functional excellence and end-to-end value chain optimization, as well as their potential impact.
  • The impact of AI on Manufacturing
    AI impact on manufacturing productivity and efficiency today and in the nearby future demonstrated by real case examples and learnings from Microsoft and A.T. Kearney.
    Speaker: Rami-Johan Jokela, Head of Digitalization, ABB Group
  • The impact of AI on the workforce
    There is much hype around the potential future impact of AI on the workforce. But how will it really impact the ways of working we are currently familiar with? What new skills & capabilities will be required? What role will agility play in leveraging the opportunities presented by AI effectively? How can we ensure that AI augments human capability rather than replaces it? And what cultural shifts within the organization will this create?
    Speakers: Nicolas Mahler, SVP Business Management, Deutsche Telekom Service GmbH; Ms. Paula da Silva, Global Head of Transaction banking, SEB; Philip Sköld, Chief Commercial Officer, Transcom
  • Digital business models in automotive – disruption or evolution?
    During this session we will take a deep dive into data driven value pools and digital business model innovations in the automotive industry. We will discuss the industry’s status quo and what can be expected for the future. Together with representatives from successful business model innovators (“new kids on the block”) we will examine the nature of the industry transformation, key success factors and the impact for incumbents (OEM).
    Speakers: Bodil Eriksson, CEO, Volvo Cars Mobility; Johannes Graβmann, Automotive Lead, Google


15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:00

Keynote: Unlocking the potential of AI? Yes. Unlocking the potential of people? Definitely! 
— Bodil Eriksson, CEO, Volvo Car Mobility

16:00 – 17:30

Presentations & Panel: The Role of Leadership in an Automated World (Livestream)
— Anoop Aggarwal, VP Finance, EMEA, Mars Inc
— Emmanuel Akpakwu, Director, World Economic Forum
— Dr. Reza Moussavian, Senior Vice President, Digital & Innovation (HR), Deutsche Telekom
— Rami-Johan Jokela, Head of Digitalization, ABB

17:30 – 17:45

Wrap Up

17:45 – 18:30

Closing Drinks Reception

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Sofitel Bayerpost Munich

Bayerstraße 12, 80335 Munich, Germany



Please note that due to high demand to attend this event, both days will now be held at the Sofitel Bayerpost Munich Hotel.




Due to high demand, our negotiated room block at the Sofitel Munich Bayerpost Hotel is now fully utilized. The hotel can still be contacted directly for accommodation requests. Rates quoted will be subject to availability.

Other hotels in close proximity that you may wish to consider include:



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