"I have always been a committed believer in, and practitioner of, open innovation. I first recognized its power as P&G Fabric Care's "Connect + Develop" manager, have lived collaborative partnerships ever since, and now extend it into establishment and leverage of multi-party ecosystems. It is the only way toward better solutions in a complex world – for stronger innovation, better business, and a sustainable planet."

I have turned my 30-year global VP-level leadership responsibilities at Procter & Gamble into expertise in leadership, innovation, strategy, and organizational culture. I now serve as Professor at Solvay Brussels School for Economics and Management and as Director of The Conference Board's (New York) Innovation & Digital Transformation practice. I teach, speak, inspire, and advice broader audiences living my purpose of passion for innovation, fascination with leadership, and the power of connecting.

By education, I am a Chemical Engineer from the Delft University of Technology. I am also fully Board-Certified (through Guberna) and serve on a number of supervisory and advisory boards.



"I am a thought-leader on the must-haves required for a true, effective open innovation & ecosystem culture. A broad network helps me to identify opportunities and to drive connections."

Retired in 2019 from Procter & Gamble as Vice President of Global Procurement after a career spanning 36 years. I was instrumental in bringing innovation "from outside in" collaborating across functions and suppliers. I was at the forefront of P&G's Connect + Develop drive from the early days.

As founder of Noel & Partners, I consult on "making innovation ecosystems work". Specifically around negotiation strategies, supplier relation management, leadership behaviours, organizational constructs, legal toolboxes, and new business models exploration. 

I have a master's degree in Business Administration from Leuven University and have given guest lectures on "Making open innovation work" at the Vlerick Business School, the Solvay Brussels School and EM Business School Lyon.



"I have a deep passion for bringing people together around finding better solutions. I used to do this for P&G as their Global Open Innovation leader for Fabric care, but upon separation in 2017 I’ve taken the concept across companies and industries. It's amazing how companies – big and large run the risk of re-inventing the wheel. Hence my passion for EI4I – as we are here to help and accelerate things for our clients."

Co-founder of Becoming-Aware Consultancy, with the goal of improving strategic innovation output of people & organizations. I am also an active investor & board member for 9.5 Ventures, a pre-seat corporate venturing fund. I teach for the Franklin Covey organization & Solvay Business School.

Prior to this, I have been leading consumer centric innovation & brand building for Procter & Gamble in Europe, the USA as well as 12 years in China. A 30 year long career that came to a close as P&G's Global Open Innovation Manager.

I have helped P&G sharpen its Open Innovation program, and has personally lived through what does and does not work in this space. This has made me a strong believer in, ecosystem innovation, where compatible partners each contribute what they do best to make the "consortium" win. I express this conviction currently as I consult for Workero.



"I spent 30 years at Procter & Gamble with my primary focus on sustainable package design for global brands. I always realized that a successful company should never be content with the status quo. P&G had a culture where “Divine Discontent” prevailed, seeking the next innovation that would disrupt the marketplace. I always had an open mind and a determination to push through what could appear at times to be insurmountable problems by leveraging fresh thinking and collaboration through external connections and networks." 

As a consultant in packaging and sustainability for the past 8 years I have been knee deep in the huge environmental challenges of marine debris, low recycling rates, single use products and excessive food waste while helping clients identify how their products can fit within a circular economy. I have extensive experience of facilitating and leading collaboration with North American stakeholders across the entire packaging value chain (raw material suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, municipalities, waste management, processors, academia, NGO’s) to help set the direction for practical packaging solutions that reduce both packaging waste and food waste.

I am currently the PACNEXT US Director, an initiative of PAC Packaging Consortium with a vision of “A World without Packaging Waste”. I am a Fellow of the Institute of Chemical Engineers (FIChemE), a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), a conference keynote speaker and moderator and have been a board member of several not-for profits including PAC Packaging Consortium, National Zero Waste Council (NZWC), Green Blue and The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC).



"Working across different sectors, roles and geographies is helping me now connect dots and think of innovative solutions. I help companies pursue organic growth by optimizing their portfolio strategy and by innovating with them to create profitable business models, appealing products and services and amazing customer experiences. I also enable organizations to innovate systematically to stay ahead of the game, by strengthening their innovation capabilities and by driving culture change." 

I am an innovation advisor and Blue Ocean Strategy expert, certified by the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute. My experience in applying BOS is very wide, from the public sector, working with W. Chan Wim, the co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy, in advising the Malaysian government, to the private sector, where I helped large corporates, SMEs and start-ups across various industries increase their revenues and profitability.

My success stories include names such as Heineken, Bridgestone, AstraZeneca, Goodrich, GSK, 3M and ALD Automotive. I have an MBA from INSEAD - France / Singapore. 




“With Relationship Design, we enable (future) business partners to identify and express their individual and shared purpose, values and goals, as well as the anticipated way of working and conflict-resolution strategies. Knowing each other's needs and drivers enhances clarity between partners and establishes a solid foundation for a value-based and conflict-competent collaboration.”

The purpose of Relationship Design is the exploration and the design of resilient, trust-based and conflict competent business relationships.

Annelies and Marta combine mediation with visual thinking to facilitate a co-creative process and converge towards a tangible & practical outcome - the relationship blueprint.

Annelies is an independent consultant and business mediator at Stone Partners. She works with purpose-driven organisations on their business development, strategy, and finance As a mediator, she assists in conflict resolution in a business context. Previous experience includes M&A advice with KPMG in Amsterdam and Paris, business development in renewable energy technology and PE investment management.

Marta is a former architect turned strategic designer. Her company, Remember to Play, facilitates organisations through multi-stakeholder innovation and change processes. She applies Design Thinking, Process Design and Visual Thinking to enable participants to tap into their creativity, turn complexity into clarity and make process outcomes clear and tangible.



“ I’ve always been fascinated by finding innovative solutions to existing and emerging challenges in every area I worked in. I learnt early on in my career that the only way to succeed is through collaborative partnerships, both internally across functions as well as externally, linking external capabilities to internal business needs. The strength of innovation resides within the ecosystem you create around it as it is the only means to think outside the box and deliver what is needed vs limiting yourself to what is possible! “

In the 20+ years working in various procurement roles in Procter & Gamble and Solvay, I spent most of my time and energy in creating, driving and implementing end to end innovative solutions in the broadest sense of the word.

As the key commercial partner not only to R&D, but across functions, I have explored, developed and nurtured (external) business relationships to help drive innovative solutions to business challenges delivering new chemistry solutions, new to the world brands as well as well as introducing new process solutions or business models.

I hold a master degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Science from Eindhoven University of Technology as well as a teaching degree in my desire to help develop and grow people and organisation capability.



“From the Panama Papers’ global team of 100 journalists to the music industry collabs producing global hits - we see the new, ecosystem-based model emerging as the strategic mainframe for the successful large-scale innovations. Every major player, in any category, must master the art and science of EBIM to win in the 3rd decade of the 21st century.”

Dennis brings to EI4I 25 years of brand building, marketing, innovation, and general management experience from CPG (Procter & Gamble, SodaStream), advertising (VaynerMedia), and pharmaceutical (Pfizer) industries. He led marketing efforts for such iconic brands as Tide, Pepsi, Quaker, Snuggle, and many others including a 2014 Super Bowl ad campaign for SodaStream. Dennis holds an MBA degree from Georgetown University.



"I strongly believe that IP is the indispensable lubricant of a smoothly running open innovation program. I am seeing this belief confirmed on an almost daily basis in my life sciences practice, because this industry has truly embraced open innovation. A typical project brings together scientists and product developers from one or more universities, a biotech company, and a big pharmaceutical company. IP is essential in ensuring that the team members can openly work together."

Patent attorney, a role in which I have been close to the innovation process throughout my career. My experience ranges from the in-house role as VP and General Counsel – Patents at Procter & Gamble to partner in an international law firm (Howrey) and, more recently, as solo practitioner. Over the years my focus has shifted more and more to life sciences - biotechnology and pharma. My decision to "go solo" was propelled in part by my desire to work for start-ups. My counseling practice runs the gamut from innovation and IP strategy development to licensing and enforcement. 

I have an MSc and a PhD from Delft University of Technology, a Juris Doctor degree from NKU-Chase College of Law, and I am admitted to practice before the US and European Patent Offices. 



"In my years at Procter & Gamble, I focused on new business creation and on external collaboration to drive innovation and create new opportunities. I lead our R&D efforts to launch our laundry business in Egypt, India, Turkey and Central & Eastern Europe and corporate commercial efforts on sustainability.  My philosophy is drive strategic choices to carve the right path to advance programs aggressively while delivering a high-quality execution."

Mr. Sawicki is a retired Procter & Gamble executive with 37 years of experience in Business Development, Chemical Purchasing, International start-ups and R&D. He has deep experience in innovation, sustainability, business building, collaboration and relationship management. Prior to P&G, Mr. Sawicki did 3-1/2 years of cancer research at Roswell Park. He currently is the CEO of Cinthesis, a mechano-chemistry start-up to deliver sustainable, solvent-free chemistry to industrial clients; and is working on launching a second start up in the medical device field. He an Executive-in-Residence at the University of Cincinnati Business Accelerator.

By education, Mr. Sawicki is a Chemical Engineer at the University of Buffalo. He serves on the Board and Executive Committee for Music to Life, a non-profit mentoring musicians to make positive impacts in their communities.



"I have had the incredible opportunity to spend 30 years at P&G delivering irresistible products and usage experiences to consumers. I have learned how to successfully bring technology to market through Open Innovation ecosystems with suppliers, businesses and academic partners. In successful launches, anticipation is key - downstream considerations need to be strategically incorporated early on in the technology/product development phase to avoid scale-up surprises as so often happens. Commercializing high quality products or services day-in/day-out – delivered in short lead-timings, and at low capital/low-cost with vertical start-up - remains an enormous challenge that is usually tackled too late."

After many years at P&G's Fabric and Home Business Unit in many positions of R&D Technology, Product and Process Development across regions, I eventually led the global Corporate Process Design Discipline across the Company. We focused on supporting project teams and improving methodology when taking products from bench to market ever more efficiently. I currently serve as technology-process consultant with a number of companies, teach at the University of Arkansas and volunteer as a Technology Expert for the Solar Impulse Foundation. Above all, I get my energy working with teams that are passionate in taking new innovation to market.

I hold a BS/MS in Chemistry from the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and a MS/PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Arkansas (USA).

I have a strong track record taking projects from ideation to commercialization using well proven methodology to address this important facet of (open) innovation.