We look forward to welcoming you in Nancy for our 5th edition that will be dedicated to

The Future of Materials: let’s make it happen!

Download the resumed program as pdf

12 June – Opening debate on smart materials for water management


Jean-Louis Chaussade - CEO Suez (France) - Co Chair
Ilham Kadri - CEO Solvay (Belgium) - Co Chair
Amanda Gwyther - Vice President Water Treatment, Xylem Inc (USA
Peter Voigt - Founder CleanTeQ (Australia)
Moshe Kelner - CEO MemTech (Israël)
Helge Daebel - Director Emerald Technology Ventures (Switzerland)
Moderator : Jack Elliott, most recently CEO Puretech, Canada

20h45 - Buffet dinner at Hotel de la Reine

13 June – Opening Speech

08h45 - 09h00

Opening speech Philippe VARIN - Chairman World Materials Forum

13 June - Plenary Session 1 - Critical materials with focus on geopolitical aspects

09h00 - 10h45

Robert Friedland - Chairman Ivanhoe (Canada/Singapore) - Co Chair
James Litinsky - CEO JHL Capital Group (USA) - Co-chair
Andreas Wendt - Chief Purchasing Officer BMW (Germany)
Pierre Toulhoat - CEO BRGM (France)
David Trafford - CEO CRU (UK)
Christophe Francois - Head of Practice Mining and Metals Mc Kinsey (France)
Moderator : Prof. Victoire de MARGERIE,Vice-Chairman World Materials Forum

10h45 - 11h15

13 June - Plenary Session 2 - Materials Efficiency of the Electronics Supply Chain

11h15 - 13h00

Xi Wang - Director General SIMIT (China) - Co-Chair
Thibaud de Larauze - CEO Back Market (France) - Co-chair
Harry Lehmann - Deputy MD, German Environment Agency (Germany)
Greg Mulholland - CEO Citrine Informatics (USA) - WMF Grand Prix 2017
Bas de Leeuw - MD, World Resources Forum (Switzerland)
Rebecca Gordon - Head of Non Ferrous Metals CRU (UK)
Moderator : Jean-Bernard Guerrée, Partner Eurogroup

13h00 - 14h30 | Lunch at Opéra National de Lorraine

13 June - Plenary Session 3 - Measuring our Progress on Using Materials Smarter, Less and Longer

14h30 - 16h15

Shunichi Miyanaga - CEO MHI (Japan) - Co-chair
Pierre-André de Chalendar - CEO Saint Gobain (France) - Co-chair
Brett Olsher - Former Partner Goldman Sachs (UK)
Vincent Bamberger - MD Arthur D Little (France)
Musa Salah - Head of Environmental and Sustainability Management, Ecobank (Ghana)
Cécile de Guillebon - Global Director Facility Management, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance (France)
Moderator : Johan Menckel, CEO Granges

16h15 - 16h45

13 June - Materials Efficiency in Portable Energy Storage

16h45 - 18h45

Thierry Le Henaff - CEO Arkema (France) - Co-chair
Shigeru Oi - CEO JX Nippon Mining & Metals (Japan) - Co-chair
An Steegen - CTO Umicore (Belgium)
Gilles Normand - Senior VP Electric Vehicles Renault (France)
Michael Baier - Senior Vice President Battery Materials BASF (Germany)
Peter Carlsson - SCEO Northvolt (Sweden)
Peter Frischmann - CEO Sepion (USA) - WMF Award Coup de Coeur 2017
Moderator : Victoire de Margerie, Vice Chairman World Materials Forum

13 June -  Societal Keynote Speech

18h45 - 19h15

Daniel Calleja Crespo - DG Environment EEC (EEC)


Gala dinner & Welcome address by André ROSSINOT - Chairman of Nancy Eurometropole
Awards Ceremony for WMF Start Up Challenge by Prof. Victoire de Margerie - Vice-Chairman, World Materials Forum

14 June - Debate : Plastics Recycling in Big Cities

8h15 - 8h45

Jean Hornain - CEO Citeo (France)
Tri Rismaharini - Mayor of Surabaya (Indonesia)
Moderator : Philippe Varin, Chairman World Materials Forum

14 June - Plenary Session 5 -Materials Efficiency thanks to Autonomous Vehicles

08h45 - 10h30

Patrick Koller - CEO Faurecia (France) - Co-chair
Andy Reynolds Smith - CEO Smith (UK) - Co-chair
Maxime Picat - Executive VP Europe PSA (France)
Chris Kaffer - CEO Mallinda (USA)
Roger Assaker - Chief Materials Strategist, MSC Software (USA)
Tim Swords - President Industrial Business Hexcel (USA)
Simon Verghese - Lidar Systems Manager Waymo (USA)
Moderator : Arnaud Le Gal, Deputy Editor in Chief Les Echos

10h30 - 11h00

14 June - Scientific Keynote Speech

11h00 - 11h30

Prof. Hideo Ohno - President Tohoku University (Japan)

14 June - Plenary Session 6 -  Breakthrough in Buy to Use for Aeronautics

11h30 - 13h15

Bernard Charlès - Chief Executive Officer - Dassault Systems (France) - Co-chair
Jean-Marc Chéry - Chief Executive Officer - ST Micro (France/Italy) - Co-chair
Klaus Richter - Chief Procurement Officer Airbus (France/Germany)
Richard Wang - Chief Executive Officer - Cuberg - WMF Grand Prix 2018 (USA)
Kevin Kramer - Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer - Allegheny Technologies Inc. (USA)
Prof. Bronwyn Fox - Director of the Manufacturing Futures Research Institute - University of Swinburne (Australia)
Ghislain Lescuyer - CEO Saft (France)
Moderator : Olivier Dufour, most recently Director Public Affairs Rio Tinto Europe

13h15 - 13h30

Closing speeches by Laurent HENART - Mayor of Nancy and Philippe VARIN - Chairman World Materials Forum

13h30 - 15h00 | Lunch at Museum of Fine Arts