About The Speaker
Simon Barnes – University of Kent
Simon is currently working at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK as Industry Engagement Manager. His role is to create and build links between academics and industry to solve challenges relating to increasing productivity and addressing grand challenges including future mobility. He comes from an industry background and has worked with Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan and Bentley on their own industrial strategies in the UK. He has also worked for SCA/Essity in their UK-based recycling business, a business handling over one million tonnes of recyclate per annum. Throughout his 35-year career, supply chains, new technology, leadership and value have all featured strongly in his experience. He is now building an industry/academia consortium to address the challenge of clean growth and productivity, with a view to new technology and business models being developed through a combination of technology and simulation.