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Human-Centered Innovation: Powered by AI

June 10, 2021
Suzanne Kopcha (Siemens) and Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau (MIT Technology Review)
Suzanne Kopcha (Siemens) and Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau (MIT Technology Review)

Presented bySiemens

With human-centered innovation people’s needs come first. It translates into enabling more sustainable, accessible, easy to use products while keeping in mind human needs throughout the process of creating these products. Digitalization is key to achieving human-centered innovation and applying AI to optimize everything from the design, materials, connectivity to the manufacturing process and closing the loop from the experience of the user to the designer's desktop.


About the speakers

Suzanne Kopcha, Vice President, Consumer Products & Retail, Siemens

Suzanne Kopcha is the Vice President of Global Strategy for Consumer Products & Retail. Suzanne has 31+ years of experience in global strategy, business development, and leading digital transformation and M&A initiatives. Suzanne spent 25+ years with Procter & Gamble and secured 2 US Patents.

Suzanne’s passion is the development of next-generation leaders; especially those that start from a point of disadvantage. Suzanne deeply believes that diversity of thought and perspective is critical to the advancement of innovation and high-performing organizations.

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems and Marketing from LeMoyne College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Suzanne resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and 2 children.

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau, CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau is the CEO and publisher of MIT Technology Review, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s independent media company.

Since Elizabeth took the helm of MIT Technology Review in mid-2017, the business has undergone a massive transformation from its previous position as a respected but niche print magazine to a widely read, multi-platform media brand with a global audience and a sustainable business. Under her leadership, MIT Technology Review has been lauded for its editorial authority, its best-in-class events, and its novel use of independent, original research to support both advertisers and readers.

Elizabeth has a 20-year background in building and running teams at world-leading media companies. She maintains a keen focus on new ways to commercialize media content to appeal to discerning, demanding consumers as well as B2B audiences.

Prior to joining MIT Technology Review, Elizabeth held a senior executive role at The Economist Group, where her leadership stretched across business lines and included mergers and acquisitions; editorial and product creation and modernization; sales; marketing; and events. Earlier in her career, she worked as a consultant advising technology firms on market entry and international expansion.

Elizabeth holds an executive MBA from the London Business School, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor’s degree from Swarthmore College.

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