President of Cognite North America
Dr. Francois Laborie is the President of Cognite North America, overseeing Cognite’s expansion and operations in the US and Canada. He has had an extensive career in the technology industry, serving in both research and executive roles. Francois has been at the heart of the transformation of the media industry through technology. He spent 11 years as COO and CCO of Vizrt, where he focused on disrupting journalism by empowering media content creators with visual storytelling tools.
Before that, Francois managed research projects on collective decision-making and human-computer interfaces at the Airbus Group Corporate Research Center. Francois has master’s degrees in computer science and engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences and a Ph.D. from the Toulouse Computer Science Research Institute.
Director Trends & Thought Leadership, The Harris Poll
Abbey Lunney is the Director of Harris’ thought leadership and trend practice, focused on crafting research-driven narrative insights for clients across industries. Designed to capture cultural tensions from a future-forward lens, her work with clients such as PwC, Ford, Mondelez, Deloitte, Volvo, NBCU, Unilever, Microsoft, and Mastercard, among others, has been featured at conferences such as Davos, Cannes, and SXSW. Prior to joining Harris, Abbey worked as a Brand Strategist at BAV Consulting, a WPP company. Her academic research has also been published in the Journal of Computers & Human Behavior.
Director of Technology Development at Aker Biomarine Manufacturing LCC
Laurent David is a Chemical Engineer and graduated from the Chemistry school Ensic in Nancy, France. After 20 years in the field of Separation Technologies, and in particular the in purification process involving Preparative Chromatography, Laurent join Akerbiomarine in 2019 to promote new technologies to be implemented in the Akbm Houston plant purifying Krill Oil.
In the approach of continuous improvement and process intensification, modeling and simulation tools are used to support a rational methodology to produce more oil with less raw material , less energy, less chemical and less consumables.