GEF Advisory Board

Bjorn Vang Jensen, Vice President, Global Logistics, Electrolux

Bjorn Vang Jensen

As the global head of procurement and operations of ocean- air and express freight and associated logistics services, I manage the movement of 120,000+ TEU per year, as well as 30,000+ tons of air cargo and courier freight.
This involves management of a dedicated team of 30+ logisticians, spread across 5 locations worldwide, and an annual spend of USD 700+ million.

From the management of large global freight tenders, through to the alignment of constantly changing forecasts across a wide range of transport modes with space availability and operationally viable mode selection for supply chains up to 120 days in length, Global Logistics sits at the heart of Electrolux’s globalization- and standardization efforts.

Jean-Francois Baril, Connecting Partners SA

Jean-Francois Baril

Connecting Partners SA was created in Geneva in February 2012 as a Consulting and Industrial investment firm creating Value in the domain of Supply Chain and Procurement Transformation as well as in M&A.

Leveraging from its outstanding network of best worldwide leading and innovative companies in the Industry and its unprecedented proven track record of expertise in the High Tech industry and Academia Connecting Partners is the best Business Partner of choice.

We have local presence in Switzerland, France, Germany, Finland, Shanghai, Mexico, Sao-Paolo, California, Melbourne, but we act globally to bring to our clients a total Solution with PASSION and TRUST.

All together we create the most efficient “alliance” of well recognized professionals and unify  ourselves to boost and deliver results that are visible in a tangible way to our client KPI’s such as Revenue Growth, Market Share, Profit, cash, Product and business model Leadership.

Contact details:  Email:, Mobile: +33 6 12 93 14 81, Online number: +33 970 444 771, Tel: +33 9 64 10 52 41, Fax: +33 450 870 776

Juergen Hoellisch, Hoellisch Consultant, Member of the Program Committee at GEF 2013

Juergen Hoellisch

Senior Executive with an extensive success record in Application, Sales, Product Definition, Business Management and Product Marketing including management of IC design offices.

Contact details: Tel.: +43 2683 5090, Mob: +43 699 1 2535 100, email :, Skype: juergenhoellisch

Hakan Kostepen, Executive Director  - Product Planning & Innovation, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America

Hakan Kostepen

Hakan Kostepenis Director of Product Planning Strategy & Innovation of Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America. “Global” Product Planning Strategy & Innovation group leads in car integration and development of all Panasonic Company domain company technologies and products to optimize the “in car user experience” for automotive OEM customers and end consumers.

Mr. Kostepen has broad Systems Engineering and Advanced Product Development experience with Panasonic, Automotive Systems, Ford Motor Company, Visteon, EDS, and US Air Force. Along with various Automotive “Real Time”  Embedded Systems Applications  and Advanced Automotive Infotainment Systems Software Development, he was also responsible for “industry first” Jaguar S-Type Voice Recognition Infotainment System, European Ford Focus Telematics application with Vodafone.  Mr. Kostepen was also part of Ford Motor Company and Qualcomm Joint Venture Wingcast and took various responsibilities within Ford Motor Company related to Advanced Technologies Integration, Concept and Product Design & Development.

Mr. Kostepen is a member of Eta Kappa Nu and Tau Beta Pi, Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE US), Session Member of SAE Convergence 2008, ITS NY 2008, IEEE, and several other professional societies and holds several patents in Advanced Automotive applications and technologies.

Paul Ross, Head of Marketing, Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell

Paul Ross

Previously, Paul was Director of Marketing and Communications at Bell Labs and Director of Corporate Communications for Alcatel-Lucent in the Asia Pacific Region.  Paul has nearly 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry and began his career at AT&T in the U.S. 

Paul has written widely for industry publications such as the Red Herring, Wireless Week, and Telecom Asia and has been quoted in BusinessWeek and the New York Times

Paul holds B.A. and MBA degrees from Columbia University and a Master’s Degree from Princeton University.  He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, German, French and English

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