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CovInnovation [koh-vin-no-vey-shun]


1 Something new or different introduced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic

With the world in the grip of a pandemic, business leaders are now being forced to come up with new ways to deliver their existing product or service despite disrupted supply chains, or, as demand collapses amid self-isolation, create new ones.

While companies seek to preserve cash to stay liquid as revenues dry up, fresh investments are perhaps the last thing on most bosses' minds. As a result, some firms are changing the very way they innovate and discovering ways to do things differently without huge outlays―liberating firms to experiment with radical new ideas.

From open innovation to the rapid application of technology, join us as we welcome Dr Marc Sinukas, Head of the Innovation Practice, Deloitte and Nathania Christy Head of Global Insight Network at TrendWatching to highlight examples of CoVinnovation and share insights on how to use the crisis as a catalyst for change.


  • Nathania Christy (Head of Global Insight Network at TrendWatching)

    Nathania Christy

    Head of Global Insight Network at TrendWatching

    Nathania Christy is a personable and engaging speaker, who has delivered 50+ consumer trend keynotes and innovation workshops in 10+ cities from Stockholm to Singapore to Sydney in the past year.

    Her latest work include leading an in-person workshop with HP in January 2020, running webinars for companies such as Singtel and Warner Music in April and May 2020, recording a podcast around the post-Covid world for Eko Podcast and running a workshop entirely online with our Shanghai partner for their China-based audience in May 2020.

    Several companies spanning a wide range of industries have benefitted from her bespoke curated insights, including clients like Danone, Shell, Ogilvy, Beiersdorf, Diageo and AccorHotels. Her tailored keynotes set the audience on fire in global conferences like Inside Retail (Hong Kong), Art Directors Club (Germany), and ITB Asia (Singapore). She has been featured in leading media such as The Business Times (Singapore), Kompas and Detik.com (Indonesia) for her trend expertise.

    She is passionate about the education sector and regularly delivers guest lectures on academic institutions such as University of Melbourne, National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and SASIN MBA Thailand on trend methodology and innovation.

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  • Dr Marc Sniukas (Head of the Innovation Practice at Deloitte)

    Dr Marc Sniukas

    Head of the Innovation Practice at Deloitte

    Dr. Marc Sniukas is Director in the Strategy department, where he currently works with senior leaders to deliver strategy, growth, and innovation for their organisations.

    Marc leads Deloitte’s innovation practice and as a Greenhouse Facilitator guides executive teams through interactive experiences designed to solve complex business challenges and achieve innovative breakthroughs.

    As the author of The Art of Opportunity (Wiley 2016) on how to design and execute new growth strategies and ventures through strategic innovation, he is a sought after speaker and advisor on the topics of growth and strategic innovation in established organisations.

    Marc holds a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) from Alliance Manchester Business School, where he led research on how established companies innovate and transform their business models, and a MSc in Strategic Management and Management Control from the Vienna University of Business and Economics (WU-Wien).

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  • Andrew Staples (Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network)

    Andrew Staples

    Global Editorial Director of Economist Corporate Network

    Andrew is the global Editorial Director of The Economist Corporate Network (ECN), the Economist Intelligence Unit’s briefing and advisory service for senior business leaders. He leads and supports a team of Network Directors (NDs) across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, and ensures that editorial consistency and quality are maintained to the highest level.

    As editorial director, Andrew ensures that the values and standards of The Economist brand are upheld across all the networks and drives ECN editorial strategy through the innovation of new services and products.

    Andrew joined the Economist Group in 2013 and prior to his current role, ran ECN in Tokyo (later North Asia) and South-east Asia.

    Andrew provides members with insight and analysis on a range of topics related to ASEAN and the broader East Asian economy. He regularly chairs and moderates major Economist events, delivers custom briefings to senior executives (including Fortune 500 C-suite) and public figures (including heads of states) in his areas of expertise in the international media (BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel NewsAsia, Al Jazeera).

    Prior to joining The Economist Group, Andrew was an associate professor of international business at business schools and leading universities in the UK (University of Sheffield) and Japan (Keio University, Doshisha Business School and Globis University Graduate School of Management).

    Andrew has published widely in his areas of expertise and his major publications include Responses to Regionalism in East Asia: Japanese Production Networks in the Automotive Sector published as part of the Palgrave Macmillan Asian Business Series and chapters in edited volumes including Asian Inward and Outward FDI: New Challenges in the Global Economy and popular textbooks including Asian Business and Management. He was also a Senior Editor for the internationally peer reviewed journal Asian Business and Management.

    Andrew has an MSc in East Asian Business and a PhD in International Political Economy from the University of Sheffield, U.K., and was a Ministry of Education research scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo (2001-2003).

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