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Keynote presentations

Morning keynote sessions share big ideas and get your day at ABB Customer World off to a great start.


Tuesday keynote | Shaping a leader focused in digital industries


Wednesday keynote | The Future of Mobility

Moderator: Guido Jouret, ABB Chief Digital Officer
Panelists: Tarak Mehta, President, ABB Electrification Products division
                 Tony Seba, Author, Educator, Co-Founder of RethinkX
Transportation is undergoing a radical transformation not seen since the advent of the automobile—and it’s not limited to cars. From hybrid ships and autonomous cars to electric buses that recharge during stops, there is hardly a segment of the transportation sector that's not being reinvented. As the leader in electric-vehicle (EV) fast charging, ABB is playing a decisive role in this e-mobility revolution. Our panel will assess the smart mobility solutions that are defining the new, sustainable transportation ecosystem. With 125 million electric cars expected on roads worldwide by 2030, we'll also discuss the requirements for building out the charging infrastructure that will power these clean electric, connected and increasingly autonomous vehicles.


Thursday keynote | Future of Work: The Impact of Digital Manufacturing on the Factory of the Future with Sami Atiya and Lessons from the Dirt featuring Executive Producer & Show Host Mike Rowe

Keynote speakers: Sami Atiya, President, ABB Robotics & Motion division
                                     Mike Rowe, Executive Producer & Show Host
Join us as we wrap up ABB Customer World with two very special keynote presentations. Sami Atiya, President, ABB Robotics & Motion division, will share his vision on how to succeed in the changing global manufacturing landscape and workforce readiness.  Executive Producer & Show Host Mike Rowe will share the surprising lessons he learned working as a perpetual apprentice.
Manufacturing is undergoing profound transformation driven by shorter product lifecycles, mass customization and increasing regulation.  Sami will discuss the consumer-driven shifts in manufacturing digitalization, the role of automation and robotics in remaining globally competitive and how these changes are leading to more and attractive jobs for workers.  Important issues they will tackle include the need for practical vocational training for the jobs of the future, the reinventing of education to support lifelong learning, and the coming opportunities for upskilled, intelligent jobs as repetitive, unsafe tasks become increasingly automated.
Mike, best known as the “dirtiest man on TV,” a title he earned on the hit TV series Dirty Jobs, has had hundreds of jobs and relished his role as a chronic freelancer. He has narrated hundreds of documentaries about space, nature, dinosaurs, and how stuff works. Most recently, you can find Mike on Facebook’s groundbreaking series Returning the Favor or listen to him on his podcast The Way I Heard It for the curious mind with a short attention span.  In addition, Mike runs the mikeroweWORKS Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity that works to debunk myths and misperceptions about the skilled trades and help close the skills gap. The mikeroweWORKS Foundation has granted, or helped facilitate the granting of, more than $5 million in technical and vocational education for trade schools across the country.  As a workforce champion, Mike has long been a voice for sensible approaches to the challenges facing US workers.