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Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.

WORKTECH 16 Paris will draw industry movers and shakers to the City of Light on December 8 to debate and discuss the future of work.

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We’re proud to support WORKTECH 16 Paris. The conference will take place on Thursday, December 8 and speakers and guests will explore workplace themes including the future of work and the workplace as well as real estate, technology, and innovation.

Read more and register for the event here, and scroll to get to know the all-star lineup of speakers.

Stéphane Lafarge
Director Mainland Europe, Herman Miller

After 20 years in the office interiors industry, Stéphane joined Herman Miller earlier this year as Director for Mainland Europe. She graduated from University of Wisconsin and started his carrier in the Middle East, then the U.S., followed by several years in London and now lives in Paris.

As head of Mainland Europe, Stéphane believes workspaces are performance assets that companies must leverage to increase employee engagement, and reach their financial objectives. Using the Herman Miller Living Office methodology companies can design spaces that address today’s needs for cognitive, physical and social well-being; resulting in spaces that “work harder” for them.

Andy Swane
Change Maker, BDG architecture + design

As BDG architecture + design’s Change Maker, Andy develops workplace change programs that connect organizations and people with their work and workplace, collaborating with major clients to implement his “Discover, Imagine, Create” method.

Andy is also the founder of Simple Better Human, which helps organizations to unlock and unleash, delivering ideation, creative leadership, high potential talent, collaboration and triangulation programs and workshops. Andy is also the founder and Curator of All About People, a platform that explores how when people thrive, organizations thrive too.

Luc Rémont
Member of the Executive Committee & President, Schneider Electric France

Luc started his career in 1993 as an engineer at the French Ministry of Defence. From 1996 to 2007, he subsequently held several positions at the French Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry. He first served at the French Treasury, in charge pf relations with international development banks (e.g. EBRD, World Bank), then of the French state’s shareholding in companies of the transport sector. From 2002 to 2007, he served as technical advisor in charge of shareholding, then deputy chief of staff of Ministers of Finance. He joined Merrill Lynch Investment Banking in 2007 and was head of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Corporate and Investment Banking for France from 2009 to 2014.

Baptiste Broughton
Co-founder, NEO-NOMADE

With a passion for new and better ways of working, Baptiste co-founded LBMG Worklabs in 2011, the first company specializing in bringing flexible working to large corporations. Trained in Science Po and ex-Organisation Consultant at Accenture, he is also heading the start-up branch of LBMG, with the NEO-NOMADE project, a service allowing companies to give access to their remote workers to a wide arrange of flexible workspaces, like coworking, business centers, and smart work centers.

Christophe Dumas
Chief Technical & Innovation Officer, Sogeprom

Christophe has been the technical and innovation director of Sogeprom, the real estate development company of the bank group Societe Generale, since November 2011. He graduated from the engineering school HEI in Lille in 1989, he entered the Bouygues Construction Company, first in the technical department of the industrial building subsidiary, then as a site manager.

In 1999, he joined the Spie Batignolles Group as the sales manager of the Mediterranean Area subsidiary. In 2003, he entered the engineering company Ingerop and created the business unit of Montpellier. He is now in charge of the management of projects developed by Sogeprom, and the Innovation Department.

Francoise Bronner

Francoise is a researcher in the organization of collaborative robotics and spaces and co-founder of FUTURE CENTERS and PROJECT SPACES. She works as a researcher on new ways of working, technology, and workplace design, as well as on co-creative methods to support the design of experiential environments. She is passionate about the impact of culture on management, behavior, and workplaces, as well as Japanese gardens.

She co-designs applications to support creativity and collective intelligence processes and believes in COBOTICS (collaborative robotics), where human and AI will mutually enhance humans for a sustainable world.

Sinem Beaujean
Founder, Wake up Your Workplace

Wake up Your Workplace founder, startupper, and idea shaker, Sinem offers to widen the horizons of large organisations by encouraging them to experiment innovative and inspiring workplaces during discovery trips. In the era of continuous innovation, Sinem helps reconciling human capital with new technologies to improve organizations (internal or external) customer experiences. Sinem also builds for CRE and FM teams, BI programs and communications plans for their facilities.

Arnaud Patat

Arnaud joined Accor in their Chief Technical Group. A graduate of the Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics in Paris, Arnaud has acquired and developed during its 20 years of experience in the construction industry, a strong technical competence as a project manager. He began his career in 1996 in the engineering Igape in Paris as prime contractor for design and execution. In 2004, he joined the Imogis company, where he led the implementation of major corporate headquarters in Ile-de-France.

In 2010, he joined AOS Studley, built from the Colliers International Group as technical director. He has directed, including the design and construction of the headquarters of Carrefour, and participated in building the Hotel Molitor Paris – MGallery Collection.

Philip Ross
Futurologist & CEO, Cordless Group & UNWORK

Philip is an author, consultant, and commentator specializing in the future of work. He predicts that the way new trends and strengths such as emerging technology will shape how we work, live, learn, and enjoy leisure. He has written a number of books on the future of cities, work, and workplace, including The Creative Office, The 21st Century Office, and Space to Work (all co-authored with Jeremy Myerson). He has also contributed to a number of books, including The Corporate Fool and The Responsible Workplace.

Eric Greffier
Managing Director, Business Solutions & Expertise, EMEA, Cisco France

Eric joined Cisco France in January 2010 as Director Data Center & Virtualization. He was appointed in October 2011, Head of Commercial Operations Major Accounts, and then in August 2013, Business Solutions & Expertise. He has recently been appointed Managing Director, Business Solutions & Expertise, EMEAR France Theater.

Eric is responsible for Enterprise Networking, DataCenter & Virtualization, Collaboration and Security, as well as pre-sales technical organization. He graduated from ENSICA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Ingénieurs de Construction Aéronautique). He began his career at IBM France as a sales engineer and then as a sales manager specialized in Mainframe / DataCenter. He then joined Compaq on commercial functions prior to the merger with HP where he held management positions in the product organization PSG (Personal Systems Group).

Karine Sacepe
Senior Expert Open Innovation, Altran France

Karine works with companies of all sizes to optimize open innovation (internal and external partnerships). She is responsible for the development of programs of intrapreneurship and the dissemination of a culture of innovation (for example, through projects inspired by design thinking, the Blue Ocean strategy, or the mobilization of the managerial line).

Karine’s research focuses on “collaborative innovation spaces” like living labs, fab labs, design centers, co-working spaces, startup incubators, and virtual platforms within companies.

Patrick Chotel
Founder & Consultant, N-ACT

Patrick is a workplace consultant and strategist. He is an expert in user-centered, innovation-driven design methods and activity based workplace design. Patrick began his consulting practice in change management at Andersen Consulting and then joined Herbemont César and Associés (now Sokrates), a firm specializing in the mobilization of men, where he took over management after BPI acquired the company in 2003. In 2006 he joined the Le Parisien Group with the Chief Executive Officer to carry out a transformation project. In 2009, he co-founded Conexense, a consulting firm specializing in the development of cooperation and then n-ACT.


Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie Grasso Cockrell
Natalie is a Workplace Consultant at Herman Miller and the former Editor of Work Design Magazine. She’s currently based in Pittsburgh.
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