Keynote Speakers

Deborah Nightingale

Professor of the Practice of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems
Co-Director, Lean Advancement Initiative

Professor Deborah Nightingale has over 35 years of broad-based experience with academia, the private sector and the government. Professor Nightingale joined the MIT faculty in 1997 and holds a dual appointment in the Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Engineering Systems Division. At MIT she serves as the Co-Director of the Lean Advancement Initiative, a joint industry, government, and MIT consortium. Her research interests are focused on lean enterprise integration, enterprise architecting, and organizational transformation. She has led several executive lean transformation engagements in both industry and government. Prior to joining MIT, Professor Nightingale headed up Strategic Planning and Global Business Development for AlliedSignal Engines. While at AlliedSignal she also held a number of executive leadership positions in operations, engineering, and program management, participating in enterprise-wide operations from concept development to customer support.

Professor Nightingale is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a Past-President and Fellow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She is a co-author of the book “Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative”. Prof. Nightingale serves on a number of boards and national committees, where she interacts extensively with industry, government and academic leaders.

Professor Duc Truong Pham

Duc Truong PHAM, OBE, FREng, FSME, BE, PhD, DEng (Canterbury, NZ), FIET, FIMechE, is Professor of Computer-Controlled Manufacture (appointed in October 1988) and Founder Director of the award-winning Manufacturing Engineering Centre at Cardiff University. He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) degree with First-Class Honours, Doctor of Philosophy degree and Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. Between 1979-1988 he was a lecturer in Control Engineering at the University of Birmingham. His work at Birmingham focussed on robotics and automation.

At Cardiff, his research encompasses the wider areas of intelligent systems and advanced manufacturing engineering. His Intelligent Systems Laboratory and Manufacturing Engineering Centre have over 90 researchers and support personnel conducting externally funded projects on intelligent systems and advanced manufacturing technology. These cover knowledge-based systems for manufacturing design and quality control, robot vision and automated visual inspection systems, neural networks for non-linear systems identification and control, rapid prototyping and tooling, micro fabrication, virtual reality and multi-media intelligent product manuals.


Juhani Risku

Juhani Risku has a career in arts & crafts, drama and technology. He started as a toolmaker in a power plant, continued as an architect where he planned and constructed buildings according to his own theory of architecture. He has engineered several concert halls and music studios as an acoustician, and finally he has run his own carpenter´s workshop as a cabinetmaker. Beside arts & crafts Risku has been teaching scenography, stage and costume design at Tampere university’s Drama studio for seven years. He has worked at several public theatres and directed documentary films.

Architect Risku’s nine years at Nokia consisted of Usability, User Experience Design and Innovation management. During some Nokia years he executed training for 3,5 million Forum Nokia developers and ran Nokia showroom supporting operator, investor, analyst and journalist relations. After leaving Nokia in 2009 he wrote a book “New Nokia – the manuscript” which describes Nokia´s biggest problems and how to solve them. Risku has his own concept of Creative Organisation for future product creation.

Today Risku acts as strategist for companies in design and consumer product based businesses.