Young Professional’s view on the future of IEC


Tremendous forces are radically reshaping the world as we know it. Global connectivity, smart machines, and new media are just some of the drivers reshaping how we think about the future and the skills we will need to be productive in the future. Disruptive innovations are creating new industries and business models and destroying old ones.

New technologies, data analytics and social networks are having a huge impact on how we communicate, collaborate and work. Many of the roles and job titles of tomorrow will be ones we’ve not even thought of yet.

Looking towards the future the IEC needs to ensure that in this evolving environment it can fulfil its vision and mission by responding to its main users and contributors needs. The objective of this session is to first look at some of tomorrow's challenges and opportunities and secondly to see how the IEC as an international standardization organization can evolve to meet these challenges.

The IEC Young Professionals will be reflecting and sharing their views on different aspects related to the future IEC Masterplan in which the main strategy of the IEC is outlined, including the IEC vision, mission and long-term strategic goals. From the Masterplan are determined the activities, structures and processes to be put in place to ensure the long-term relevance of the IEC.

The session’s topic will be presented by two keynote speakers. The first is Dr Willms Buhse who will speak about digitalization and future work trends. The second is Roland Bent, President of the German National Committee to the IEC, who will speak about the IEC Masterplan and future trends for the IEC as an organization.

The YPs will discuss topics related to the future IEC Masterplan in breakout groups during this session and then they will present their ideas to their fellow YPs and other attendees of this Relab session. The session is open to attendees during the keynote speeches and also during the YPs presentations of their ideas from their breakout sessions, but will be exclusively reserved to the IEC YPs during the breakout part.

This session is open for all interested people who want to know more about the challenges the IEC will face in the future and hear about how the IEC can respond to this evolving environment, including what the next steps would be in terms of digital standardization. It will give you the opportunity to discuss the future of the IEC with the next generation of experts and to get an overview of where potentially the future of IEC standardization lies with its opportunities and challenges.


Roland Bent

President of the German National Committee of the IEC
PHOENIX Contact GmbH & Co. KG

Being a member of the management board of PHOENIX Contact GmbH & Co. KG since 2001, he is responsible for global marketing, product development and technologies. Moreover, R. B. takes responsibility in several industrial and scientific organisations, such as the National Platform Electro Mobility or as Vice-Chairman of Working Group 4 (Standardization) and as member in the Steering Committee of Platform Industry 4.0. He is Board Member of ZVEI’s trade association “Automation” as well as President of DKE. Since 2010 he holds the position of a visiting professor at Tongji University Shanghai.

Dr. Willms Buhse

CEO & founder
doubleYUU GmbH & Co. KG

Dr. Willms Buhse is one of Europe’s leading innovative thinkers. His distinct professional capability is the appropriation and interweaving of ideas and stimuli. This is reflected in his curriculum vitae: colorful, engaged with new ideas and global in scope. And not just in Europe: at Harvard and MIT, even in Beverly Hills, Tokyo and Korea – his ideas and insights have sparked enthusiasm with many global listeners all over the world.

Corinna Egerer

Presenter & Moderator

Corinna Egerer moderates business events with confidence, poise, charm and professionalism. Equally comfortable in both German and English, her extensive experience in the communication departments of several companies has given her the skills to successfully bring together the most diverse formats and target groups.

Location: Kap Europa

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